# Raymund Paredes, Texas’ Higher Education Commissioner, Will Step Down Aug. 31
“I’m resigning, I’m stepping down, I’m not retiring, I hope to remain active in higher education” in the state, Paredes said. His departure at the end of August will allow him to “make it through the session and do some of the follow up work that we always have to do.”
“I think it’s time for new blood, I think it’s time for new perspectives and I’ve enjoyed this position enormously,” Paredes said.
He described his reason for departure as a “feeling it’s time to go,” saying he told a colleague “you know it’s getting close to the end when you talk to members of the Legislature and they all know the punch lines to your jokes.”