Dr. Robert Aguero, former dean of instruction at Southwest Texas Junior College, will be the keynote speaker at the 65th Annual SWTJC Commencement Ceremony slated May 12 in Uvalde.
A native of Camp Wood and a graduate of SWTJC, Dr. Aguero began his professional career as a high school teacher and coach at Nueces Canyon High School in Barksdale. He went on to become a college faculty member, assistant to the president and dean of instruction at SWTJC from 1982-1991.
"It is always great to see someone from the area achieve great things and Robert has had a distinguished career in higher education for the past 30 years," said Dr. Ismael Sosa, Jr., president of SWTJC. "We are proud to call Robert one of our own and we look forward to having him with us for our 2012 commencement ceremony."
Dr. Aguero is currently the vice president for instruction and student services at Texas Southmost College in Brownsville, TX. As vice president, he is the chief academic and student services officer for what will be a new college when it opens it doors in the fall of 2013 for an anticipated 7,000 to 9,000 students.
In his spare time, Aguero is working on a book about sheep and goat shearing in Texas, drawing from his experiences as a teenager shearing for nine summers on a crew run by his uncle Tano Aguero.
After starting his career in higher education at SWTJC, Dr. Aguero went on to serve as vice president of instruction at Western Nebraska Community College, president of Eastfield College and president of Austin Community College. He has also served as vice chancellor for Dallas County Community College, Tarrant County College and the Alamo Community College District in San Antonio.
Aguero has been active on a host of local, state and national professional and academic organizations. He has served as a board member on The College Board in New York City, The United Way of Dallas, Boys and Girls Club of Dallas and the Mesquite Community Hospital in Mesquite, TX.
Nationally, he has served as a commissioner for minority resources with the American Association of Community Colleges and was elected by his peers as a six-year commissioner to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Dr. Aguero was awarded the Brillante Award by Texas Hispanic Magazine as one of the most influential educations in Texas. He lists as one of his proudest achievements his work with colleague Dr. Bill Wenrich in leading efforts to convince the Texas Legislature to sign into law HB 1403. This law has allowed thousands of undocumented students to attend college if they graduate from a Texas high school.
A graduate of Nueces Canyon High School, Aguero earned his Associate of Arts Degree from SWTJC, his Bachelor's Degree in biology and English from Angelo State University, his Master's Degree in secondary education leadership from Stephen F. Austin State University and his Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from The Pennsylvania State University.
He has also done graduate work at Harvard University's Institute for Educational Management and Texas A&M College Station's Academic Administration Program.
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