San Antonio – St. Mary’s University Alumnus Rolando Pablos (B.A. ’92, J.D. ’98) recently received a distinguished honor and now he’s sharing it with his alma mater. Pablos was appointed Honorary Consul of Spain by the U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra. Today The Honorable Pablos announced at a news conference that he has chosen St. Mary’s University as the location for his official office.
Pablos is one of four Honorary Consuls in Texas, who along with the Consul General of Spain, make up the Spanish diplomatic core within the Texas Secretary of State’s office. In his role, Pablos will be working to promote economic, cultural and educational partnerships between Spain and Texas. Pablos was a founding shareholder of the law firm, R. B. Pablos PC, prior to joining Monty Partners LLP. He is also the past chairman of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and will serve as the next chairman of the Free Trade Alliance.
“Because of their geographical closeness, Texas and Mexico have enjoyed a long history of business and cultural exchanges” said Pablos. “My hope as one of Texas’ newest Honorary Consuls is to pursue these same exciting partnerships with Spain. St. Mary’s academic and cultural reputation make it a perfect location for my Consul Office and all that I’m trying to accomplish.”
Pablos’ office will be located within St. Mary’s International Education Program suite of offices, making him accessible to students. He will be a valuable resource in assisting students with internship opportunities, not only in Spain but around the globe. Pablos will also partner with the University on its International Education Program efforts in Spain and Mexico.
“Having Mr. Pablos rejoin the St. Mary’s community as the Honorary Consul of Spain will help us advance our universal mission of providing an education that helps form the entire person,” said St. Mary’s President Charles L. Cotrell, Ph.D. “Our international education and study abroad programs help fulfill this mission by exposing students to different cultures, political structures and economies, thus helping them better understand their role and responsibility in our global community. Mr. Pablos will add to the students’ experience by building more international education partnerships for our students.”
Also as a part of today’s news conference, Pablos presented Cotrell with a $5,000 check for a scholarship fund for study abroad students to help offset their travel costs. The money was raised at a paella cook-off that Pablos held in conjunction with the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce last spring. The inaugural event was held to celebrate and raise awareness about San Antonio’s historical roots to Spain.