Dr. Lopez earned his Doctorate in Education with a concentration on Curriculum and Instruction at New Mexico State University in 1979. He earned the Master of Arts Degree in Educational Administration at New Mexico Highlands University in 1975 and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education the University of New Mexico in 1974.
After three years of teaching in the College of Education at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, Dr. Lopez continued his career at California State University, Fresno, where he became a tenured faculty member in the School of Education and Human Development.
Concurrent with his career in higher education, Dr. Lopez served as a consultant in the private sector, helping to establish collaborative relationships between the corporate and education communities. These collaborative efforts included scholarship drives, expansion of exemplary local educational programs and parent education/involvement projects.
Among numerous awards and accomplishments, Dr. Lopez was a recipient of the 2004 New Mexico State University Distinguised Alumnus for the College of Education, the 2005 Hispanic Net Community/Educator of the Year Award and most recently appointed to the California Postsecondary Education Commission.