Distinguished Professor Pedro Reyes Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Pedro Reyes, the Ashbel Smith Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy, has been recognized by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) with the Roald F. Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award. This award, the most prestigious award that UCEA offers, is one of the most important awards within the educational leadership field. The UCEA announced Reyes as the recipient during its annual conference. The award is given to a senior professor of educational leadership in recognition of his or her lifetime of excellent achievement and scholarly contributions to the field.

Victor Saenz, chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, said, “Dr. Reyes is a worthy recipient for his significant research focused on educational equity for underserved students as well as the amazing legacy of scholars that he has trained and mentored over his outstanding career.”

After receiving the award, Reyes said, “This field has been the love of my life as a researcher, teacher, mentor, and practitioner. Receiving it is an amazing honor which I will treasure for years to come. I am inspired to keep working with public schools, particularly with those that serve children in poverty, to do whatever it takes to achieve student success for all.”

Reyes started his career at the University of Kansas at Lawrence in 1985. He returned to his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, for several years before joining what is now the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Texas at Austin in 1991, where he served in several leadership roles. He also has served as an executive vice chancellor of the University of Texas System and president ad interim of the University of Texas at San Antonio. He also has authored several books won numerous honors for his work. Learn more about Reyes’ achievements on his profile page.

The UCEA is a consortium of higher education institutions committed to advancing the preparation and practice of educational leaders for the benefit of schools and children.