Manuel Urbina II, PhD, JD

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Title: Chairman, Legal Counsel
Company: Urbina Foundation
Location: Houston, Texas, United States

Manuel Urbina II, PhD, JD, Chairman and Legal Counsel at the Urbina Foundation, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in history and higher education.

Inspired by his parents, who stressed the importance of education, Dr. Urbina immigrated to the United States from Nuevo Leon, Mexico, in 1947. His parents, a Baptist pastor in a theological seminary and a trained teacher, decided to relocate to the United States because Dr. Urbina would have a better chance for educational achievement. Earning a Bachelor of Arts from Howard Payne University in 1962, he went on to complete postgraduate coursework at the National Autonomous University of Mexico from 1963 to 1964. Returning to the United States, he received a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Texas in 1967 and 1976, respectively. After gaining experience in his career, he traveled to England, where he completed postgraduate coursework at the University of Cambridge in 1982. Soon thereafter, he attended the University of Houston, obtaining a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1983.

Commencing his career in 1967, Dr. Urbina served as a professor of Latin American history at the College of the Mainland for seven years. Subsequently, he established the Urbina Foundation, where he has been acting as chairman and legal counsel since 1985. Alongside this endeavor, he has also been the chairman and chief executive officer of Urbina Public Company, Inc., in Houston, TX, and Mexico City, Mexico, since 1985. In 1990, he also became the founder and curator of the Urbina Museum of the History of Mexico, a position he still holds today. Civically involved as well, he was the founder and has been the faculty sponsor of the Mexico American Student Association at the College of the Mainland since 1974. In the formative stages of his career, he also founded the Cinco de Mayo Association in Galveston County, TX, in 1976.

Dr. Urbina is a prolific author, having most recently written “The Impact of the Texas Revolution on the Government Politics and Society of Mexico, 1836-1846” through the National Autonomous University of Mexico in 2009. Featured in numerous Mexican and American journals throughout his tenure, he has been an interviewer of history videos and oral history interviews with participants in the Mexican Revolution, as well as a contributor of articles to newspapers and magazines, including the Houston Chronicle, Mexico City Novedades, San Antonio Light, Boletin Del Archivo General Del Estado de Nuevo Leon, and Boletin de la Sociedad Numismatica de Mexico. To remain abreast of developments in the industry, Dr. Urbina maintains affiliation with several organizations, such as the League of United Latin American Citizens, the Texas State Historical Association, the Howard Payne University Alumni Association and the University of Texas Alumni Association. Likewise, he is a member of the University of Houston Law Alumni Association, the U.S. Mexican Numismatic Association and the Inter-American chapter of the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce.

As a testament to his profound success in the field, Dr. Urbina has garnered multiple accolades and honors. Named Hispanic of the Year by the Galveston County chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens in 1982, he previously was named a Scholar Diplomat by the United States Department of State in 1979 and was a grantee of the National Endowment for the Humanities from 1971 to 1972. Impressively, he received recognition from the United States Congress for outstanding leadership in Mexican-American studies. He has also been highlighted in myriad editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and Who’s Who in the World.

Looking toward the future, Dr. Urbina intends to finish his book entitled “Poncho Via, John Jay Pershing, and the Punitive Expedition in International Law.” After he has completed this book, he intends to write a second and third book on United States-Mexican history and law. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, conducting research, traveling, volunteering and playing the trumpet.

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