Dr. Mike Flores became Palo Alto College’s sixth President on September 19, 2012.
A native Texan, Dr. Flores has spent 19 years in higher education and has held all three Vice President positions at Palo Alto College.
Dr. Flores came to Palo Alto College, one of the Alamo Colleges, in 1999 to direct the college's institutional research, strategic planning, and resource development programs. He was responsible for establishing an institutional effectiveness process, which guided the College to re-accreditation in 2002.
After three years in that position, he was promoted to Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Community Development in November 2001, where he served for six years supporting the planning and budgeting process, distance education, partnerships, dual credit, and the Gateway to College program. During that time, he also directed the $1.8 million Title V grant, which established the District’s first one-stop Welcome Center for incoming students and created an office that centralized institutional effectiveness functions.
In December 2007, Flores was named the first Vice President of College Services, which is the chief administrative officer of the College. He was responsible for the $26 million budget, grant development, information technology, the early college high school programs, and was the liaison for the Texas A&M System Center that used PAC’s academic and student services during its infancy.
Beginning in Sept. 2009, he served for three years as Vice President of Student Affairs, where he led a division of 85 employees in departments that oversee admissions, advising, career and job placement, child care, financial aid, federal programs, pre-college programs, student life, student recruitment, and veterans affairs. During that time, he led the Ray Ellison Family Center to earn national accreditation, the Foundations of Excellence effort to improve the first-year and transfer student experiences, and developed an academic advising model that is designed for students to persist in their education and graduate.
Additionally, Dr. Flores currently serves as an Achieving the Dream Data Coach and has served as a fellow with the American Council on Education (ACE), the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU), 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.
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.
Dr. Flores lives in south San Antonio with his wife Martha, a talented art director, and their daughter, Mara Zoe, in a 1920’s bungalow.
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