Board of Directors

Ruben E. Esquivel
Board Member
UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

Vice President, Community & Corporate Relations


Ruben E. Esquivel is Vice President for Community and Corporate Relations at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, a position he has held since 1995. UT Southwestern is one of the nation's leading academic medical centers, patient-care providers and research institutions. Its 1,600-member faculty includes four Nobel laureates, 18 members of the National Academy of Sciences, and 18 members elected to the Institute of Medicine.

A native of Cuba, Mr. Esquivel's career began at age 18 as an assembler with AVO International Inc, a full service provider of test and measurement equipment for electrical power applications. While working full time he attended college at night and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and completed graduate courses in business administration at Rutgers University and The University of Texas at Arlington. His work at AVO culminated in being named President and CEO of the company in 1985 and Vice Chairman in 1994.

Mr. Esquivel serves on the board of directors of ATMOS Energy Corp. and is a member of the North Texas District Export Council (appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce).

Active for many years in local community organizations, Mr. Esquivel currently serves as Chairman of the State Fair of Texas; Director of the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Baylor Oral Health Foundation, BioDFW, Dallas County Community College District Foundation, Dallas Friday Group, Frontiers of Flight Museum, Stemmons Corridor Business Association, Thanks-Giving Foundation, and the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas; Trustee of Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Research and Education Foundation and Dallas Medical Philanthropic Fund. He is a member of the Dallas Citizens Council, the Oak Cliff Lions Club, and the Salesmanship Club of Dallas.

Mr. Esquivel served as a member of the Board of Managers of the Dallas County Hospital District (Parkland Memorial Hospital) from 1985 to 1989 and as Chairman from 1989 to 1991. He was elected to the Board of Trustees of the DeSoto Independent School District in 1982 and re-elected in 1985. He served as Board President from 1983 to 1988. He has also served as Chairman of the Dallas County Historical Foundation (Sixth Floor Museum), The Dallas Foundation, The Dallas Opera, North Texas Commission, the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation and YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas and Vice Chairman of the Stemmons Corridor Business Association, Dallas Symphony Association, and President of the Greater Dallas Community of Churches, the Community Council of Greater Dallas, and the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce.

He has received major honors for community service and leadership from the Dallas Historical Society, Dallas-Ft. Worth Hospital Council, Dallas Opera Women's Board, TACA, YMCA, Boy Scouts - Circle Ten Council, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, Dallas Concilio, Daughters of the American Revolution, and DeSoto City Council, among others.

Mr. Esquivel and his wife Alina reside in DeSoto where they are active members of First United Methodist Church. She is a counselor in private practice. They have two children and four grandchildren.