Dr. Mike Flores
I am honored and humbled to have been selected to serve as the next chancellor of the Alamo Colleges District. As the largest community college district in our region, we enroll more than 50 percent of the college students in our area and graduate more students than any other community college district in the state. The Alamo Colleges District is our area's best economic development strategy, offering the opportunity for a better life to so many residents in our community.
For 19 years, I have enjoyed a rewarding career with the Alamo Colleges District, serving in positions of increasing responsibility at Palo Alto College and culminating in six years as president. My connection to the Alamo Colleges District goes back even further—my father served as a dean at San Antonio College for 28 years. As former migrant farmworkers, my parents were both an inspiration and an example of the critical importance of education, and especially higher education plays in making a better life for ourselves and our families.
During my time with the Alamo Colleges District, I have had the privilege of working with a talented team of colleagues at Palo Alto College, Northwest Vista College, Northeast Lakeview College, San Antonio College, and St. Philip's College. I value the unique history and culture of each institution and the outstanding work they do in keeping students at the heart of all our efforts. Every day, our faculty and staff serve, engage, and challenge our students and offer hope and opportunity to realize their dreams.
All of the colleges and the district have evolved, particularly over the past 10 years, and I am excited and enthusiastic about collaborating with all of you as we and our students achieve even greater success during my tenure as chancellor. Together we will find ways to fulfill the hopes and aspirations of the more than 100,000 students we serve each year. My focus as chancellor will include increasing access, removing barriers, enhancing the undergraduate experience, and increasing the capacity of high-demand, high-wage programs that enable students to join in the economic prosperity of the entire San Antonio community.
The experiences and relationships that I have shared with many of you in my years with the Alamo Colleges District, are cherished, and I look forward to strengthening these relationships, forging new ones with those of you I have yet to meet, and working with you for the success of the college, the district, our students, faculty, and staff.
Thank you for all that you do for our students, and, through them, for our community.
Dr. Mike Flores
On March 3, 2018, Dr. Mike Flores was voted as incoming chancellor of the Alamo Colleges District by the Alamo Colleges District Board of Trustees. Dr. Flores will assume the duties of the Alamo Colleges District chancellor on Oct. 1, 2018.
Dr. Flores has served as president of Alamo Colleges District-Palo Alto College since 2012. He joined the Alamo Colleges District in 1999 and held all three vice president positions at the college—academic success, college services and student success—during his tenure at Palo Alto College.
Dr. Flores is a leader who supports empowering students for success through resources such as high-impact teaching and learning practices, including usage of academic advising, learning communities, new student orientation and open educational resources. Other campus-wide changes that have been implemented during Dr. Flores' presidency at Palo Alto College include new program offerings in high-growth, high-wage areas such as advanced manufacturing, energy, and health care; establishment of the Center for Mexican-American Studies; and nine early college high school/pre-college partnerships since fall 2014. Additionally, Dr. Flores led the college on an award-winning continuous improvement journey utilizing Baldrige criteria, with Palo Alto College earning the 2015 Texas Award for Performance Excellence and being named as a 2016 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award nominee. Most recently, Palo Alto College was designated as an Aspen Institute Top 150 Community College for 2019, a distinction that places the college in the top 10 percent of community colleges nationwide.
Dr. Flores works with community colleges nationwide to increase student success as an Achieving the Dream Coach and has served as a fellow with the American Council on Education and 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. He also serves as a board member for the Communities in Schools San Antonio, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Hot Wells Park Conservancy, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, San Antonio Tricentennial Commission and San Antonio Youth Yes (SAY Sı́) Leadership Council.
The son of a migrant farmworker, Dr. Flores was born in Del Rio, Texas and 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.