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Dr. Flores

Ruben Michael "Mike" Flores, Ph.D

Dr. Mike Flores became Palo Alto College’s sixth president on Sept. 19, 2012. Dr. Flores came to Palo Alto College – one of the Alamo Colleges – in 1999 and has held all three Vice President positions (Academic Success, College Services, and Student Services) during his tenure.

During his time as president, Dr. Flores has led many new initiatives for the south San Antonio college. Providing access for the community to education has been key since the beginning for Palo Alto College, and Dr. Flores is committed to continuing partnerships with area businesses, community organizations, and schools to achieve that goal. He continues to empower students for success through a variety of resources on campus through high impact teaching and learning practices including usage of academic advising, learning communities, new student orientation, and problem-based learning.

Dr. Flores serves as an Achieving the Dream Data Coach and has served as a fellow with the American Council on Education, the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities, and conducted postgraduate study at the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management. Dr. Flores has also worked with numerous community-based organizations in San Antonio, Houston, and Chicago, and presented nationally at numerous higher education conferences regarding student engagement, evaluation and performance excellence. Currently, he is a board member for the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities, Communities in Schools San Antonio, the San Antonio Education Partnership, Hot Wells Park Conservancy, and San Antonio Youth Yes (SAY Sí) Leadership Council.

Born in Del Rio, Dr. Flores is a 1987 graduate of Holmes High School in Northside ISD in San Antonio. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Science in Political Science from Illinois State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

He lives in central San Antonio with his wife Martha, a talented creative director and entrepreneur, and their daughters, Mara Zoe and Mia Ximena.

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2013: Dr. Flores named the Northside Independent School District (NISD) “Pillar of Responsibility”, one of the six annual Pillars of Character awarded to outstanding NISD graduates. 
  • 2015: Dr. Flores received the Education Award at the annual La Prensa Foundation’s annual Diamond Award Gala

Campus-wide Initiatives

  • Implemented new degrees and certificate program, including Oil & Gas Technology, which began in Fall 2013; Cosmetology in Spring 2015; and Advanced Manufacturing in Fall 2016
  • Established the Center for Mexican American Studies in Spring 2014, the first in the Alamo Colleges and one of only two at the community college level in Texas
  • Launched five early college high school partnerships since Fall 2014 with Harlandale Independent School District, Jourdanton Independent School District, Lytle Independent School District, New Frontiers Charter School, Poteet Independent School District, Somerset Independent School District, Southside Independent School District, and South San Antonio Independent School District
  • Instituted a new Participatory Budgeting annual program in 2013 where faculty, staff, and students can submit ideas to be voted on by their peers for funding and implementation
  • Began a continuous improvement journey utilizing Baldrige criteria to improve programs and services. Most recent efforts by faculty and staff resulted in the Palo Alto College being awarded the 2015 Texas Award for Performance Excellence, one of only three award winners in the state, and being named the only educational organization finalist for the 2016 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award
  • Supported the creation of the S.H.A.R.E. Center for student and community resources, including a food pantry, clothes closet, and social and physical health services

Contact Information

Dr. R. Michael "Mike" Flores


Leticia De La Rosa
Assistant to the President


Connie Acovio
Administrative Assistant to the President



Mailing Address
Office of the President
1400 W Villaret. Blvd
Executive Offices, Room 113
San Antonio, Texas 78224