Prior to his current role as Chief Diversity Officer, he was Associate Vice President and Director of Equal Opportunity at Texas A&M University-Commerce since June 2011 where he was responsible in assuring the University remained in compliance with applicable federal and state laws, and System policies and regulations regarding EEO and Affirmative Action. He was also responsible for providing strategic direction in recruiting and attracting a diverse faculty and staff as well as overseeing and monitoring investigative requirements related to affirmative action and equal opportunity to include sexual harassment and discrimination. In addition, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity was responsible for overseeing faculty and executive level searches.
Prior to working at Texas A&M University-Commerce, Dr. Romero was Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Texas A&M AgriLife Human Resources, an administrative agency serving over 5,000 employees in four state agencies and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University. He also held several positions at Texas A&M University. From 2000 to 2003, he was Assistant to the Dean for Multicultural Affairs and then promoted to Assistant Dean in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences until 2008. He also held a temporary dual appointment as the founding Director of the Office of Student Diversity in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences from 2005 to 2007. Prior to joining Texas A&M University in 2000, Dr. Romero was in insurance and investments from 1995 until 2000. During his early professional career he was also recruiter at New Mexico State University.
Dr. Romero has been recognized for his work and efforts by both the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement in Chicago, Illinois and Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas as Advisor of the Year. He also was the recipient of the Texas A&M University Enhancing Diversity Award for “working tirelessly for a more inclusive environment”, however, his most memorable recognition at Texas A&M University was being honored as a Fish Camp Name Sake in 2008 by the students at the University. Fish Camp is Texas A&M University’s nationally acclaimed 4-day student orientation program. The “Camp Romero” experience was a fun time he was able to share with his then, 10-year-old daughter.
Dr. Romero holds a B.S. in Agricultural Business and Agricultural Economics and an M.A. in Agricultural and Extension Education from New Mexico State University. He also holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Education with an emphasis in Leadership from Texas A&M University.