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Oil on canvas portrait of Luis A. Aguilar, J.D. class of 1979 of the University of Georgia School of Law.

Artist: Rossin

Current location: Hirsch Hall, 2nd floor



Luis A. Aguilar is a respected leader in corporate governance, securities laws, cybersecurity, and matters affecting corporations. He is frequently recognized for his efforts in promoting diversity and inclusion, particularly in corporations and governmental agencies.

From July 31, 2008 to December 31, 2015, he served as a Commissioner at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Originally appointed by President George W. Bush and reappointed by President Barack Obama, Commissioner Aguilar became the eighth longest-serving Commissioner in SEC history and is one of only three SEC Commissioners to have been nominated by two U.S. Presidents from two different political parties.

Prior to his role as an SEC Commissioner, his career included tenures as a partner at prominent national law firms and as general counsel, and head of compliance of a global investment adviser.

Commissioner Aguilar’s tenure started only a few weeks before the market crisis that began in 2008 with the collapse of Lehman Brothers and subsequent financial turmoil. As a result, the SEC underwent a period of transformation and entered one of its most active periods impacting all aspects of the capital markets. During his tenure, Commissioner Aguilar worked to modernize the SEC’s rules to reflect the innovation and changes that had transformed the capital markets.

Commissioner Aguilar has served on the Boards of Directors of various companies and has also served on the Boards of many civic and non-profit organizations, including the Latin American Association, the Georgia Hispanic Bar Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association, the Hispanic National Bar Foundation, Girl Scouts Council of Northwest Georgia, Inc., and Leadership Atlanta.

He has received numerous honors, awards and recognition from academia, community organizations, national publications, and other groups.

Commissioner Aguilar graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1979 and received a Master of Laws degree in taxation from Emory University School of Law in 1985. He graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1976.


  • Portrait unveiling on October 14, 2020 virtually from the Dunlap Room
  • Program of the portrait unveiling
  • Video recording of the virtual unveiling linked below in additional files

AGUILAR FINAL.mp4 (1931830 kB)


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