Professor of Public Health & Family Medicine/Tufts University School of Medicine
Former U.S. Secretary of Education
Former Texas Tech President
Bachelor of Science/Zoology, 1949
Masters of Science/Zoology, 1951
Dr. Lauro Cavazos, a sixth-generation Texan, was born near the historic town of Kingsville Texas, on the famed King Ranch. A descendant of the distinguished line of Kineños, or King's people, who have worked on Texas' most famous ranch since its founding in 1853, he earned both bachelor's and master's degrees in Zoology at Texas Tech.
Dr. Cavazos credits Texas Tech with providing him a strong academic foundation to which he added a doctorate in physiology from Iowa State University, 21 honorary degrees from universities nationwide and numerous other prestigious awards. He returned to Texas Tech in 1980 to serve as the 10th President of the University. He was the first alumnus and first Hispanic to achieve that distinction.
In 1988, Dr. Cavazos was appointed as United States Secretary of Education by President Ronald Reagan, becoming the first Hispanic American to hold a U.S. Cabinet post. He remained in office until December, 15 1990. He currently serves as Professor of Public Health & Family Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine where he was Dean of Medicine for five years.