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Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient of 2008. Ruben Gallegos, Ph.D. is the former chief executive officer of International Education Services, Inc. Texas Southmost College Alumnus ’57

"My parents always emphasized the importance of getting an education, and I wanted to go to school, finish high school and go to college. I owe a lot to Texas Southmost College."

Ruben Gallegos is executive director of International Educational Services, an agency that provides children of illegal immigrants who have been arrested a basic education as they await deportation or reunification.

Gallegos was an associate professor at the University of Texas – Pan American at Brownsville, the predecessor to UTB/TSC, from 1984 to 1991 and retired from public school administration in 1993.

He has also been an assistant elementary school principal, a Head Start program coordinator, assistant superintendent and chairman of the Texas Association for Mexican American Educators.

Gallegos was born in El Calavoz, Texas and is a graduate of Brownsville High School.

He earned an associate of arts degree from Texas Southmost College in 1957 and was awarded a bachelor’s degree in education from Pan American College (now the University of Texas – Pan American in Edinburg) in 1959. He earned a master’s degree in education from East Texas State College (now Texas A&M University at Commerce) in 1962. He continued his studies and was awarded a doctorate of philosophy from East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University at Commerce) in 1970.


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