Gonzales hopes for 'fair, objective' evaluation of his service

Alberto Gonzales' time in the executive branch gave him hands-on experience that will complement the Texas Tech mission, he said Thursday in his first on-campus interview since accepting a job at the university.

The former attorney general said, however, that while open to a "candid discussion" of his tenure, he would prefer to look to the future, rather than focus on much-publicized mistakes he acknowledged that he and the last presidential administration made.

Those mistakes, he said, may be set in perspective as time ticks on.

"I am hopeful that as more facts come out and people see my work in the community there will be a more fair and objective evaluation of me and my service," he said.

Gonzales is in town meeting people on campus and talking to local Hispanic leaders.

"I want to know what the problems in the community are and what the challenges are," he said. "I just want to listen and see how I can best help in and attracting Hispanics, African-Americans and other minorities to this institution."

The former attorney general, who resigned his position in 2007, is set to join Tech Aug. 1 and will teach a junior-level seminar class "Contemporary issues in the executive branch," as well as recruit minority and underrepresented students

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