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December 2001

Release Date: December 3, 2001

TSUS Vice Chancellor to Address 2001 Fall Graduates at ASU

Dr. Fernando C. Gomez, vice chancellor and general counsel for the Texas State University System (TSUS), will deliver the fall commencement address for Angelo State University.

More than 340 students are expected to graduate during commencement exercises set for 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, in San Angelo Coliseum.

Gomez is chief legal counsel to the TSUS Board of Regents and the TSUS chancellor as well as to the presidents of the nine campuses, including ASU, which make up the system.

In addition to his 11-year affiliation with TSUS, Gomez served two years as general counsel for the California State University System with its 350,000 students and 40,000 employees. His academic experience includes tenured appointments as professor of political science at California State University in Fullerton and as assistant professor of urban development at Michigan State University. He also has served as an adjunct professor at Southwest Texas State University.

Dr. Gomez is an authority in legal issues affecting education in Texas and is the principal author of two books on the topic: Texas Teachers' Legal Guide and Texas School Administrators' Legal Guide.

His legal experience includes seven years as assistant attorney general for the states of Michigan and Texas as well as two years with the San Antonio law firm of Soules and Wallace.

A native of Gallup, N.M., he graduated cum laude from the University of New Mexico with a B.A. in sociology and English. He earned both his law degree and his Ph.D. in American culture from the University of Michigan, where he was a teaching fellow conducting courses in American studies and English composition.

Dr. Gomez's service activities include acting as pro bono legal counsel for the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce and for the Texas International Education Consortium. He has been an advisor to the Texas Fine Arts Association as well as an advisory board member appointed by the consul general of Mexico to the Mexican Cultural Institute. He has also served as a consultant for the U.S. Agency for International Development. Gomez has made numerous presentations on legal and education issues throughout the United States as well as in Europe.

He resides in Austin with his wife, Sylvia. They are parents of a son and daughter.