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Dr.  Michael Villarreal

Assistant Professor
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies



Dr. Michael Villarreal is a first-generation college student and native of San Antonio. He and his wife, Jeanne Russell, are raising their family in downtown San Antonio.

Michael enjoys riding his bicycle to work, running along the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River, and traveling the world.

In 2015, Michael retired from the Texas Legislature after serving 15 years in the Texas House of Representatives.  He served on the committees of Public Education, Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, and Ways & Means; and retired as Chairman of the Financial Services Committee. A few of his legislative accomplishments include the creation of a state longitudinal education and workforce data system; programs that supported prekindergarten, college student financial aid, college credit transferability, and workforce development funding. He also helped change state beer distribution laws to support the development of craft beer in Texas.

Michael earned his Ph.D. from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a bachelor's degree in Economics from Texas A&M University, College Station.

In addition to teaching as an Assistant Professor, Michael serves as the Director of the Institute for Urban Education at UTSA.