Born in Gallup, New Mexico, Dr. Fernando C. Gomez earned degrees from the University of New Mexico (B.A. cum laude) and the University of Michigan (J.D. and Ph.D., American Culture). He attained tenure at Michigan State University before serving as assistant attorney general in Michigan and in Texas, and as general counsel for the California State University System.
He has served as Texas State University System vice chancellor and general counsel for twenty years (1986-1990 and 1994-Present). He has authored three books, published short stories and poetry, and lectured throughout the United States and overseas, including Cuba and Yemen.
He is proudest of his family: his wife of forty-one years, Sylvia, an Abuquerque girl he met in German class (M.S., statistics, Michigan State); son, Fernando, an aerospace engineer (B.S., University of Texas); daughter-in-law, Nicole, grandchildren Dawson and Alexis; and daughter, Rebecca (B.A. Southwestern University; M.A., Art History, University of Texas at San Antonio).