Board of Trustees

Paul R. Rodriguez - Chairman

CEO of Valley Land Title Co.

District 3
Representing South McAllen, Southwest Pharr, Hidalgo,Sharyland, Southeast Mission, and Granjeno

First appointed August 2012; current term through May 2022

Serves as Chairman of the Board.

Serves as a Member of the Facilities Committee and the Finance, Audit, and Human Resources Committee.

Formerly served as Secretary of the Board.

Rose Benavidez - Vice Chair

President of Starr County Industrial Foundation

District 1
Representing Starr County

First Appointed November 2009; current term through May 2024

Serves as Vice Chair of the Board.

Serves as a Member of the Facilities Committee and the Finance, Audit, and Human Resources Committee.

Formerly served as Chair of the Board.

Roy de León - Secretary

Branch Retail Executive, BBVA Compass, Mercedes

District 7
Representing Northeast Hidalgo County, North Weslaco, Edcouch, Elsa, La Villa, Mercedes, Monte Alto, Northeast Alamo, Northeast Edinburg, and Hargill

First Appointed July 1997; current term through May 2020

Serves as Chair of the Finance and Human Resources Committee.

Formerly served as Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary of the Board.

Victoria Cantú - Member

CEO of Children’s Education Station, LLC

District 2
Representing La Joya, Western Mission, Palmview, Sullivan City, Penitas, and West Alton

First Term: May 2018 – May 2024

Serves as a Member of the Education and Workforce Development Committee.

Gary Gurwitz - Member

Managing Partner, Atlas, Hall & Rodriguez, L.L.P., McAllen

District 4
Representing North McAllen, Northwest Pharr, Palmhurst, Northeast Mission, and Southwest Edinburg.

First Appointed 1993; current term through May 2022

Serves as Chair of the Facilities Committee and a Member of the Education and Workforce Development Committee.

Formerly served as Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary of the Board.

Dr. Alejo Salinas, Jr. - Member

Retired Superintendent, Superintendent Emeritus, Hidalgo ISD

District 5
Representing Northwest Hidalgo County, Edinburg, North San Juan, and Northeast Pharr

First Elected May 1996; current term through May 2020

Serves as Chair of the Education and Workforce Development Committee and a Member of the Facilities Committee.

Formerly served as Chair and Vice Chair of the Board.

Rene Guajardo - Member

Human Resources Director at Mercedes Independent School District

District 6
Representing Donna, South Alamo, South San Juan, Southeast Pharr, South Weslaco, and Progreso

First Term: May 2018 – May 2024

Serves as a Member of the Finance, Audit, and Human Resources Committee.