Office of General Counsel
Moore / Connally Bldg.
College Station, Texas 77840
Glenda Rogers, Assistant to the General Counsel
Ray Bonilla leads the Office of General Counsel of The Texas A&M University System and serves as its chief legal officer. The A&M System includes eleven universities, seven state agencies and a health science center. The A&M System members educate more than 120,000 students and reach another 22 million people through service each year. With more than 28,000 faculty and staff, the A&M System has a physical presence in 250 of the 254 counties in Texas, and a programmatic presence in every one. The Office of General Counsel provides legal advice and counsel to all System members, coordinates and assists in litigation representation provided by the Attorney General's office, and secures and coordinates outside legal counsel services throughout the A&M System as needed.
Ray joined the Office of General Counsel in September 2011, and since that time has managed a number of highly significant legal matters, including: resolution of claims arising from Texas A&M University’s departure from the Big 12 Conference and admission into the Southeastern Conference; execution of a $285 million contract with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services providing for the creation of pandemic vaccine and bioterrorism response facilities in College Station; execution of a contract outsourcing dining services, building maintenance, landscaping and custodial services at A&M facilities in Brazos County, generating $260 million in additional revenue and cost savings over a 10 year period; execution of the architecture, engineering and construction contracts attendant to the $450 million renovation of Kyle Field; and completion of a $70 million asset purchase transaction providing for the addition of the Texas A&M University School of Law.
Prior to joining the Office of General Counsel, Ray was a partner in the law firm of Ray, Wood & Bonilla in Austin, Texas where he represented a wide range of governmental entities, businesses and individuals on issues involving open government, elections, ethics, procurement and public finance. Ray previously served as General Counsel of the Texas Comptroller’s Office. In that position, Ray served as the primary legal advisor to Comptroller Sharp in his role as the State’s chief tax administrator and chief financial officer. Ray also served as the chief legal officer of an organization with 2,800 employees, 35 field offices and an annual budget of more than $150 million. He served as chair of the agency’s Tax Policy Committee charged with resolving major tax issues, managed the legal issues attendant to the day-to-day operations of the agency as well as issues relating to the creation of the Texas Tomorrow Fund, merger of the Treasury Department into the Comptroller’s Office, and implementation of the Lone Star debit card system. Ray frequently represented the Comptroller before Texas legislative committees, and advised policymakers on tax and fiscal matters.
Previously, Ray served on the Washington staff of former U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen, and as an attorney at the law firms of McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore and Baker & Botts.
J.D. with Honors, The University of Texas School of Law, 1984
B.B.A. in Accounting with Honors, The University of Texas at Austin, 1981
State Bar of Texas
Austin Bar Association, Member and Past Board Member
Hispanic Bar Association of Austin, Member and Past President
University of Texas Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution, Fellow
St. David’s Foundation, Board of Directors
United Way Capital Area, Former Board Member
Texas Lyceum Association, Former Director
Mexic-Arte Museum, Former Board Member
Ballet Austin, Former Board Member
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Former Finance Committee Member
Austin Community Development Corporation, Former Board Member