Professor Mario Benitez served in the College of Education of the University of Texas system from l980 until his retirement in l997. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Philosophy and magna cum laude with his Licenciate in Philosophy from the Universidad de Comillas in Spain. Dr. Benitez also holds a Master of Arts degree in Spanish and linguistics from Texas Christian University, a Doctor en Filosofia y Letras degree in humanities and sociology from Universidad de la Habana, a Master of Education degree from Texas Wesleyan College and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in philosophy and education from Claremont Graduate School.

After teaching stints at Texas Wesleyan College and Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M University at Kingsville), Professor Benitez joined the College of Education at the University of Texas at San Antonio as a professor of bicultural-bilingual studies. In l983, he was named a professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Texas at Austin, serving as chair of the department from l985-l989. Dr. Benitez was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Professorship in l995. He has received several teaching awards as well as written four books, 11 articles and over 30 papers.