Fred Farias III, O.D.

Last modified on: 07-24-2023 13:51:33

Chair
(Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas)

Term Ends: 08-31-2025

General Information

Home Town: McAllen


Personal Information

Fred Farias, III, O.D. of McAllen is an optometrist and CEO of 20/20 Vision Care. He has
served on The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board since 2015, and is currently vice chairman of the board, chairman of the Academic and Workforce Success Committee, and a member of the Texas Higher Education Foundation. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, former president of the Texas Optometric Association and the Rio Grande Valley Optometric Society, and a former member of the American Optometric Association Board of Trustees. Farias was named the Texas Optometrist of the Year in 2015 and the National Optometrist of the Year in 2016.He is a past gubernatorial appointee to the Texas Optometry Board, where he chaired the Licensing and Administration Committee. He is a lifetime member of The University of Texas (UT) System Chancellorís Executive Committee and the UT Austin Development Board and a member of the UT Longhorn Foundation Athletic Advisory Council. He is a charter member of the Optometry Cares Ė The AOA Foundation. Additionally, he is active in the McAllen community, serving as chair of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Council. He has served on many local and statewide boards including the Vannie E. Cook Cancer Center, the Rio Grande Valley Arthritis Foundation and the Museum of South Texas History. Farias received a Bachelor of Science from The University of Texas at Austin, a Doctor of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry and a Masterís degree from Harvard Medical School.