Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Former Secretary of Education Dr. Lauro Cavazos Speaks About Life, Career at A&M-Kingsville March 25

KINGSVILLE - March 12, 2008

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

Free public presentation at 7 p.m. in Biology Earth Science Building, room 100

Former Secretary of Education Dr. Lauro Cavazos gives a free public presentation at Texas A&M University-Kingsville Tuesday, March 25 at 7 p.m., in room 100 of the Biology Earth Science Building, located at the corner of Engineering Avenue and University Boulevard.

“Remembering: An Educator’s Journey” offers a first-person look at the inspiring life and career of Cavazos, who was born on the King Ranch as the son of a foreman. He went on to earn a doctorate in physiology and build a career in education as a teacher and administrator.

After working as a faculty member at the Medical College of Virginia, dean of the Tufts University School of Medicine and president of Texas Tech University, Cavazos was chosen to serve as Secretary of Education under President Ronald Reagan. This made Cavazos the first Hispanic appointed to a presidential cabinet. He was asked to continue in that role under President George H.W. Bush.

During his service as Secretary of Education, from August 1988 to December 1990, Cavazos initiated reform of the federal student assistance programs, targeted resources to improve opportunities for those most in need, and provided leadership to encourage parental and community participation in education reform.

Presently, Cavazos is professor of public health and family medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.

He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in zoology from Texas Tech University and a doctoral degree in physiology from Iowa State University. He also has received 21 honorary degrees.

This event is sponsored by the American Democracy Project and the A&M-Kingsville chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, a national political science honor society. For more information, call 361-593-4143.

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