Fernandez Elem. Bio
A native of Laredo, Texas, Raul B. Fernandez was born on June 17, 1937. He attended Texas A&M University where he earned a degree in Civil Engineering (Class of ‘59). He began his career in 1960 with H.B. Zachry Co. in San Antonio and in 1961 began a two year tour of duty as a second lieutenant with the US Army Air Defense in Germany. Upon his return to San Antonio in 1963, he worked for H.B. Zachry Properties, later J.H. Uptmore and Associates where he became senior vice president and was named Builder of the Year in 1989 and 1998 by the Greater San Antonio Builders Association.
Throughout his career, Raul has been committed to service in public and higher education in the state of Texas, serving 18 years as a trustee on the Northside Independent School District Board of Trustees and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. He has also served his Alma Mater as President of the Association of Former Students and received the highest honor of Distinguished Alumnus in 2007. He served as vice chairman of the Texas A&M System Board of Regents and continues to work and support numerous Aggie activities on campus and in San Antonio.
Service to his community has always been important to Raul and for over five decades he has served on a multitude of boards and commissions across the city and the state. Among many of his contributions to the Northside district, during his tenure on the board he was instrumental in the construction of over two dozen schools as well as the creation of the current Northside Adult & Community Education Program in 1984 which opened Northside schools to lifelong learning and after 30 years is now serving more than 10,000 students in over 500 classes offered each semester.
Raul and his wife, Sylvia have 3 children and 3 grandchildren who attended Northside Schools. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Fernandez Elementary is the highlight of the 2015-2016 school year for the entire family.