Alvaro De la Cruz Jr.


 Alvaro De la Cruz was appointed to the University of Houston System Board of Regents by Governor Abbot in 2020 and served through May 31, 2021. 

For fiscal year 2020-2021 he served on the Academic and Student Success Committee and the Finance and Administration Committees. 

De la Cruz represented the University of Houston – Victoria as a graduate student pursuing his Master of Education in Adult and Higher Education. De la Cruz served as a Residence Hall Coordinator in the Department of Residence Life at the University of Houston – Victoria and advisor to the Residence Hall Association. During his undergraduate career, De la Cruz has served as the President of the Student Government Association, President of the Pre-Health Student Association, and Vice President of the Residence Hall Association. De la Cruz has served in several other capacities on campus, including the Chair for the UHV Alma Mater Committee and Homecoming Committee and serving on the Presidential Search Committee to search for the University of Houston – Victoria’s current president, Dr. Robert K. Glenn.

De la Cruz completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Houston – Victoria. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the School of Arts and Sciences. De la Cruz has received multiple awards, including the 2018 Student Leadership Award, a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, and the 2017 Spirit of the Jaguar Award. He graduated from the University of Houston- Victoria with his Masters of Education in Adult and Higher Education and plans to pursue a career utilizing the skills learned while he was a student at the University of Houston- Victoria. 

*De la Cruz  is part of a group of students appointed by the Texas Governor to serve on their respective university system governing boards. These students have the same powers and duties as regents, but do not vote or are considered part of a quorum. The first such appointees served from 2006 to 2007. Prior to this, student regents were elected by their peers.