Sam Saldivar, Jr.

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Sam Saldivar Jr. graduated from Pan American University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in government. He has an extensive business background. Mr. Saldivar has been employed with State Farm Insurance for over 36 years, with 32 years in management and leadership positions.


Community Organizations

• District Commissioner/Leader/Committee Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America

• Chairman/Member of the McAllen-Community Development Block Grant Advisory Board

• VAMOS (Valley Alliance of Mentors for Opportunity and Scholarships) Board of Directors

• Order of Alhambra – Catholic Fraternal Organization – Past Grand Commander

• Fellow – Center for Reform of School Systems (reform governance)

• McAllen Citizen League

• 2012 State Outstanding Board (top board of Texas over 1100+), recognized by the Texas Association of School Administrators, served as MISD board president 2011-2012


• Wood Badge – Boy Scouts of America

• Brotherhood – BSA Order of the Arrow

Past Member

• McAllen Education Foundation Board of Directors

• McAllen ISD School Health Advisory Council

• Futuro McAllen

• Selected by the Texas Association of School Boards as one of 35 participants in a year-long leadership program and received a Master Trustee designation on completion.

Selected to participate in the

• Texas Institute for School Boards boardsmanship and school governance training.

• Center for Executive Leadership, Lamar University, leadership, and board governance training.

• Selected to participate in the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) Policy Institute on School Governance – Cultivating School Leadership to Advance Student Success, March 15-16, 2016, Washington, D.C.

• Selected by Region One school boards as a delegate to the Texas Association of School Boards Legislative Advisory Counsel.

• Selected to serve on the Region One Committee to select the 2016 Region One Superintendent of the Year.

 Sam is married to Judith A. Flores-Saldivar, a licensed attorney. They have two children, Sara Judith and Sam Juan Andres. Both children are alumni of McAllen Memorial High School and both attended college. Sam Juan Andres is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Class of 2015, and is now a second-year student at the University of Houston Law Center.

Sam Saldivar, Jr. pledging