Paul S. Ruiz is a graduate of Texas Tech University and Stanford Law School. Employed as an attorney in Austin, Texas, Paul came to Tech in February 2010 after 21 years of practicing law. Paul's practice included representing electric utility companies before the Public Utility Commission of Texas, representing gas utilities before the Texas Railroad Commission, helping clients with lobbying and political action committee registration and reporting to the Texas Ethics Commission, and monitoring legislation and regulatory activities at the Texas Legislature. At the law firm, Paul was Chair of the firm's Diversity Committee and served as Chair of the Recruitment Committee for eight years. While in Austin, Paul was a member of the Hispanic Bar Association and founded the Law Firm Diversity Report, which ranked attorney diversity in Austin's 25 largest law firms. Before attending law school, Paul handled military and migrant affairs for U.S. Congressman Kent Hance in Lubbock.
Paul's primary responsibility for the Division is faculty diversity training and compliance, as well as operation of The National Registry of Diverse & Strategic Faculty, an online database of candidates seeking teaching positions in higher education. Paul is also responsible for ensuring that all summer camps owned and operated by Texas Tech comply with state law and regulations required by S.B. 1414. Additionally, Paul handles special projects assigned by the Vice President of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement, Dr. Juan Muñoz.
Paul currently serves as Advisor to Omega Delta Phi, a multi-cultural service and social fraternity, and is an active mentor in the Mentor Tech program.