Executive Director, B3 Institute
University of Texas Pan American
Francisco Guajardo is the executive director of the B3 Institute at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He is a native of the Texas-Mexico border, has been a public high school teacher, a school administrator, a nonprofit executive, and a spirited advocate for public education. More importantly, he is a committed son, brother, husband, and father. Guajardo holds a B.A. in English, an M.A. in History, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a founder of the Llano Grande Center for Research and Development, a community-based nonprofit organization nestled inside Edcouch-Elsa High School. He is a founder of the Edinburg Dance Theatre, a local arts organization that offers quality ballet and other dance instruction to children in rural communities along the border. He is a founder of the Community Learning Exchange, a national movement focused on building local leadership for community change. Locally, he has led public efforts to pass bond issues totaling more than $130 million to build new schools, and he led a citizen committee brought together to raise more than $184 million to improve the drainage infrastructure for the most needy areas in the south Texas county of Hidalgo. Guajardo also serves on the board of directors of the Center for Rural Strategies and the Rural School and Community Trust, both national organizations.