About the WGU Texas Chancellor

WGU Texas Chancellor Ray Martinez III

WGU Texas Chancellor Ray Martinez III


Welcome Message from the Chancellor


Welcome to WGU Texas! As the Chancellor, I am deeply committed to your success and to helping you achieve your dreams of a college degree. Our nonprofit university offers a competency-based model with degree programs that are both affordable and credible. And, perhaps most important, WGU Texas recognizes that adult learners — the fastest growing student population in higher education today — require flexible options to attain degree completion. We will support you at each step in your individual education journey.

Over the coming decade, a majority of all Texas jobs will require postsecondary education. And yet, in Texas, approximately 3.5 million adults have some college education but no degree. As Chancellor, my goal is to reach as many of these Texans as possible and explain why completing a degree program with WGU Texas can change their lives for the better.

I am a native Texan, born and raised in South Texas to parents with little formal education but with a Texas-sized passion for service and personal achievement. Growing up, my parents always spoke to me about the importance of earning a college degree and of the doors of opportunity that would open if I persevered. They said it wouldn’t be easy but it would be worth it, for me and my future generations. They were right. I became the first in my family to earn a bachelor’s degree and went on to graduate from the University of Houston Law Center.

I look forward to traveling throughout our great state as Chancellor of WGU Texas and meeting all of our resilient, hard-working students and alumni. Just as I am proud to call Texas home, I am equally proud to offer you this exceptional university — WGU Texas — to make your higher education dreams a reality.

Work hard and stay focused. It’s worth it!

Ray Martinez, J.D. | Chancellor, WGU Texas

About the Chancellor

A well-known figure in Texas higher education, Ray Martinez joins WGU Texas after serving in senior government relations roles with Texas A&M International University and Rice University. He also served for several years as the Chief of Staff and General Counsel to State Senator Judith Zaffirini. In addition, he served as the Director of the Texas Senate’s Higher Education Committee, developing policy and shaping practice to support student success and strategic student financial assistance programs. Previously he served as a President George W. Bush appointee to the Election Assistance Commission and in several roles on White House staff with President Bill Clinton. He earned a B.A. from Southwestern University and a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center. Read his bio.

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