Robert Aguirre

Interim District 1 Director

Robert Aguirre was appointed as interim District 1 Director to the board in February 2021.

I was born the third of eight children and grew up on San Antonio's Westside with our mail-carrier father and homemaker mother. Although I graduated from St. Mary's University in 1975 with a BBA degree (accounting major), my work career actually began in the supermarket industry at age 16. I departed the grocery company 13 years later as an officer of the corporation and the Corporate Controller of what was then San Antonio's largest private employer (6,000+ employees) and the leading regional grocery chain (Handy Andy).

After leaving the grocery business I had a varied business career in trust and asset management, project management, organizational development, event leadership, foundation/trust management and strategic planning. While my basic education consists of a degree in accounting, my financial and varied managerial background provided me with an opportunity to oversee and manage, often in a fiduciary capacity, a variety of enterprises including oil and gas exploration and production, ranching and farming, regional shopping mall management, financial investments, and trust and foundation management. My business experience garnered me a federal appointment as the only non-attorney Chapter 11 trustee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Western District.

In 1986 I was selected by the Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio to serve as the Project Manager to organize and manage the 1987 visit to Texas by Pope John Paul II Later, 1992, I was called upon to help Denver organize the planning efforts for their 1993 international World Youth event with the Pope.

Beyond my business activities, I have also invested my time in a variety of undertakings including having been a bi-weekly Sunday editorial columnist for the San Antonio Express-News. Additionally, I have been a life-long advocate for inner-city education reform and equal educational opportunity for low-income families by authoring school choice legislation in 14 states and writing two books on forming non-profit entities to organize low-income communities for education reform. I also co-founded 102 K-12 private school scholarship organizations nationwide raising over $565 million in private and corporate funds between 1992 and 1999.

In 2007 Logos International University, of Jacksonville, Florida, conferred on me a Doctor of Humane Letters degree, honoris causa, for my life's work in education reform.

I also spent 13 years in active law enforcement as a Bexar County Sheriff reserve police officer.

My wife, Betsy, and I have been married for 49 years and we live near Pipe Creek, with our two dogs and horse, on a property we purchased in 1983. We have two grown children - both teachers - and three grandchildren. My hobbies include horseback riding, photography, and playing classical violin.



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