SAC President Robert “Bob” Zeigler Announces Retirement
JANUARY 14, 2014—During the annual Spring College Convocation today, President of San Antonio College Dr. Robert E. Zeigler announced his plan to retire, effective Summer 2014. President since 2002, Dr. Zeigler has been at the helm for many of SAC’s biggest accomplishments. Most recently, he has overseen the addition of a Challenger Learning Center and the creation of the Tobin Lofts at San Antonio College, a new student housing development on SAC’s campus. Employed at SAC since 1971, Dr. Zeigler has made working for San Antonio College his life—at least most of it.
Dr. Zeigler made the official announcement earlier today to a crowd of faculty, staff and colleagues; “I’ve been connected to San Antonio College practically my whole life, first as a student, then an alumnus and professor, and finally as an administrator and President. In each role, I have learned a lot and have been given the opportunity to work with outstanding people. It was a hard decision for me to make, but after talking with my wife, Mary, I knew it was time. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity SAC has given me in my life and for the opportunities I’ve had to engage in this important work.”
Dr. Robert “Bob” Zeigler’s journey to become President of San Antonio College started in 1959 when he began taking classes at San Antonio College after serving in the U.S. Navy. Upon graduating from SAC with an A.A. in Liberal Arts, he took leave from SAC briefly to attend Sam Houston State University where he earned a B.S. in History/Government and a M.A. in American History/Government. He continued on to Texas Tech University to obtain a Ph.D. in History. In 1971, after about nine years, Dr. Zeigler promptly returned to San Antonio College to take a position as professor of history. Before becoming president in 2002, Dr. Zeigler had served in various administrative roles since 1987, including being the Executive Vice President from 1997-2002 under President Vern Loland.
During Dr. Zeigler’s nearly 12 years of leadership, SAC has consistently enrolled more than 20,000 students each semester, and as a result of the College’s recent graduation initiatives, SAC conferred a record number of degrees and certificates last year. Furthermore, President Zeigler has pioneered uncharted territory with the Scobee Planetarium & Challenger Center and Tobin Lofts at San Antonio College projects. In 2012, President Zeigler began SAC’s first-ever capital campaign to raise funds for the new Scobee Planetarium & Challenger Center. Also in 2012, Dr. Zeigler oversaw the district’s first public-private partnership initiative, which led to the development of the Tobin Lofts at San Antonio College.
"Bob Zeigler embodies all the qualities which we at the Alamo Colleges value most," said Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie. He is a caring and collaborative president, who always puts students first, values excellence and diversity, is fully engaged with his colleagues and the community, and exemplifies a positive, can-do spirit," he added.
An inspiration to many, President Zeigler frequently shares his personal story with students, “When I was young, I was written off as ‘not college-ready’ because I was not a motivated student. After the Navy, I decided to give SAC a try, and it changed the direction of my life.” With all that he has accomplished, it is obvious what kind of effect SAC has had on Dr. Zeigler. What is even more apparent, perhaps, is the profound effect that Dr. Zeigler has had on SAC—and the San Antonio community.
About San Antonio College
One of the five Alamo Colleges, San Antonio College (SAC) is the largest, single-campus community college in Texas and among the largest in the nation. Founded in 1925 and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1955, San Antonio College offers nearly 200 academic programs in the Arts & Sciences and Professional/Technical fields, including 11 programs marked as “Exemplary” by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. In addition, SAC serves the community with myriad continuing education opportunities. For more information about SAC, go to www.alamo.edu/sac.