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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. 


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.

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.