The Palo Alto College Presidential Search has been narrowed to two finalists.
They will be on campus for interviews and a public forum during the first week of classes.
The two finalists are listed below with links to their resumés.
Dr. Flores will be interviewed and hold a public forum from 4:15-5:15 p.m. in Pedernales 109 on Friday, Aug. 31.
Dr. Roberts will be interviewed and hold a public forum from 4:15-5:15 p.m. in Pedernales 109 on Thursday, Aug. 30.
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Ruben Michael "Mike" Flores, Ph.D.
Dr. Ruben Michael “Mike” Flores has 19 years of experience in higher education, with 13 years at Palo Alto College (PAC). He came to PAC in 1999 to direct the college's institutional research, strategic planning, and resource development programs - and has accepted progressively responsible leadership positions since that time. These have included Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Community Development, Vice President of College Services, and Vice President of Student Services. Currently, Dr. Flores is serving as Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs at PAC.
A native of San Antonio, Dr. Flores earned a B. A. in political science from The University of Texas at San Antonio, an M. S. in political science from Illinois State University, and his Ph. D. from The University of Texas at Austin's community college leadership program. Additionally, Dr. Flores has served as a fellow with the American Council on Education, the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU), and conducted postgraduate study at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Click here to see Dr. Flores’ resumé.
Ernst E. Roberts II, Ed.D.
Dr. Ernst E. Roberts II was employed at El Paso Community College (EPCC) in 1978 as a teacher in the Department of Psychology. He became a tenured faculty member and over the years moved into various senior-level administrative positions. He currently serves as Interim President of EPCC. Dr. Roberts has been active in Boy Scouts during most of his life. An Eagle Scout in his youth, he has continued to provide adult leadership for the Boy Scouts.
He received his B. A. in psychology and pre-medicine at West Virginia University, his M. A. in psychology from The University of Texas at El Paso, and his Ed. D. in higher education from Texas Tech University.
Click here to see Dr. Roberts' resumé.
President of Palo Alto College
The Chancellor of the Alamo Colleges, located in San Antonio, Texas, invites applications and nominations for the position of President of Palo Alto College. San Antonio, the nation’s seventh largest city, has a dynamic economy rapidly expanding from traditional military and service sectors into telecommunications, biomedical science, information technology and data security. San Antonio and the region are focused on expanding educational access; thus, this is an exceptional opportunity to contribute to the Alamo Colleges vision.
The President of Palo Alto College serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the College. This official plans, manages, and directs all operational areas of the College. Palo Alto College joins four other colleges comprising the Alamo Colleges – San Antonio College, St. Philip’s College, Northwest Vista College, and Northeast Lakeview College – in meeting the educational needs of San Antonio’s growing and diverse community. A Hispanic Serving Institution with a semester enrollment of over 9,000. Palo Alto College offers a diverse range of programs and works closely with green industry, including Toyota, and A&M San Antonio.
The successful candidate must be a person of high energy and integrity with substantial senior level experience in a multi-college community college district preferred.
In addition, the President of Palo Alto College should have the following:
- Commitment to the Alamo Way and the Baldrige methodology
- Demonstrated ability to foster and maintain high ethical standards
- Ability to understand the history and culture of Palo Alto College and to effectively connect to the community it serves
- Demonstrated ability to lead, to establish a student-centered vision for the college, and a passion for education at the community college level
- Ability to effectively advocate for the college within the context of a multi-college district that is led by the Chancellor
- Proven track record in working collaboratively with others, both inside and outside a college setting
- Ability to continue the progress that has been made on Achieving the Dream, Foundations of Excellence, and the college’s/district’s strategic plan
- A commitment to supporting and enhancing the workforce and technical programs offered by Palo Alto College, including emerging technologies
- Ability to motivate others, to build effective management teams, and to make courageous and informed decisions
- An understanding of the role of technology in delivering quality educational services
- An understanding of the budget-making process and the ability to effectively manage the college budget
- Proven skills in program planning, evaluation , and using accountability measures
- Ability to effectively oversee the capital projects that have been approved for Palo Alto College
- Strong communication/interpersonal skills, including diplomacy in dealing with others
- Commitment to the open enrollment concept and the needs of minority and disadvantaged students
- Ability to develop and lead college fund raising initiatives and support fund raising of the Alamo Colleges Foundation for the college
- An earned doctorate from an accredited institution is preferred
The date after which applications are not guaranteed review is July 5, 2012.
For more information about this search, the Alamo Colleges and the application process, please visit our website at www.alamo.edu and click on “President of Palo Alto College Search.”
For information call 210-485-0200
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