The Alamo Colleges District is pleased to invite qualified candidates to become the seventh president of Palo Alto College, an award-winning college in San Antonio, TX, a recipient of the 2015 Texas Award for Performance Excellence, a finalist for the 2016 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, and one of ten community colleges across the country eligible for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.
Palo Alto College is seeking a transformational leader with experience in expressing a passion for public education and inspiring teamwork with our exceptionally qualified and committed faculty, staff, and students. The new president will take office in August 2018.
There were 78 applicants for the position, and the Presidential Search Committee interviewed eight candidates - each chosen for their experience and overall alignment with Palo Alto College's mission, vision, and values. The Presidential Search Committee chose three finalists, and these candidates were each present for a community forum. Following the forums, surveys were distributed to all Palo Alto College faculty and staff, soliciting feedback on the candidates.
Dr. Beatriz Joseph
To view a recording of Dr. Joseph's community forum, click this link.
Dr. Beatriz Joseph serves as Palo Alto College’s Vice President of College Services (October 2009-present) and served as Interim Vice President of Student Success for six months in 2015. From June 2008-September 2009, Dr. Joseph was Alamo College’s Assistant District Director of Institutional Research, Effectiveness and Planning. She also has prior experience in academic program assessment and taught full-time for eight years in Australia and New Zealand. She is currently participating in the Aspen Presidential Fellowship program and previously was selected to participate in the Harvard Institute of Educational Management. Dr. Joseph earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education at The University of Georgia; a master’s degree in Management Studies from The University of Waikato, New Zealand; and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Southeast Missouri State University.
Dr. Rey Rivera
To view a recording of Dr. Rivera's community forum, click this link.
Dr. Rey Rivera has served the Maricopa County Community College District since 1996. He is the Vice President of Learning (Academic Affairs) at the MCCCD Estrella Mountain Community College (June 2016-present) and also served for 14 months as the Interim Dean of Occupational Education; Vice President of Learning (Academic Affairs) at the MCCCD South Mountain Community College; and from 1996-2012 as a tenured full-time faculty member in mathematics. He also served as Faculty Senate President. He was selected in 2014 for the League for Innovation’s Executive Leadership Institute, has served on the Higher Learning Commission, been a Leadership Fellow in the National Community College Hispanic Council, and the recipient of a NISOD Excellence Award. Dr. Rivera grew up in southeast San Antonio. He earned his doctorate in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Arizona State University, an M.S. in Mathematics from Purdue University, and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from The University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Robert Garza
To view a recording of Dr. Garza's community forum, click this link
Dr. Robert Garza has served as the president of Mountain View College (Dallas County Community College District) since February 2015, and is credited with increasing student enrollment to over 10,000 credit students, implementing eight Early College High School and industry partnership programs, and expansion of the nursing program. He worked at Palo Alto College from 1999-2015 in a variety of positions including Vice President of Student Success; Dean of Student Success; Dean of Community Development and Partnerships; Director of Distance, Extended Education and Community Outreach; and Off-Site Coordinator. He has PAC adjunct faculty teaching experience in Government. Dr. Garza holds a Ph.D., Educational Administration in Higher Education, The University of Texas at Austin; a master’s degree in public administration from UTSA; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Development from Texas A&M University.
About Palo Alto College
In 1985, Palo Alto College opened its doors as the only public higher education option available in south San Antonio and Bexar County. We were built from the efforts of community leaders who championed for higher education in south San Antonio, and we continue to live our mission to inspire, empower, and educate our community for leadership and success.
Since then, Palo Alto College has grown beyond the original 2,500 students we were built to accommodate. Today, we serve more than 10,000 students each year. Our program offerings have grown as the only public college in our region to offer career and technical programs like Cosmetology, Energy Technology, Industrial Technology, Landscape and Horticultural Science, and Veterinary Technology.
Palo Alto College, part of the Alamo Colleges District, is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
The president of Palo Alto College, who reports directly to the chancellor of the Alamo Colleges District, is responsible for supporting the philosophical tenets reflected in the Mission, Vision, and Values of the District. The president advances the strategic agenda of the District by providing a strategic philosophical focus for every aspect of the operation of the College.
These tenets include the:
- Primacy of student success
- Accountability for institutional performance
- Belief that all students can learn
- Acceptance and implementation of a culture of evidence
- The practice of collaborative leadership that integrates Baldrige principles and defines the AlamoWay
Examples of Duties
- Serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the College. Oversees the daily administration and operation of the College, interpreting policies and procedures to ensure compliance with policy and legal requirements
- Develops and maintains academic standards and curricula in accord with community needs and accreditation standards.
- Maintains a coordinated program of student support services designed to advance student success and improve completion.
- Ensures effective student recruitment and retention programs, maintaining a friendly and healthy campus environment.
- Uses collaborative leadership to achieve: the Board’s vision of becoming the best community college in the nation in student success and performance excellence, the strategic plan of the College and Alamo Colleges District.
- Uses collaborative leadership to develop the strategic plan and its component parts, including performance measures, action plans and tasks, throughout the College and the District as a whole. Implements, monitors and improves equity performance measures to achieve the results called for by the strategic plan.
- Uses collaborative leadership to achieve continuous improvement, innovation, implementation at scale across the District and collaboration across the District in all things to achieve district goals and WIG.
- Actively monitors student performance gaps by ethnicity, race, gender, socioeconomic, disability and veteran status. Works to improve and close performance gaps.
- Works collaboratively and collegially within the College and across the District promoting positive relationships, aligned strategies, and team building to benefit the entire eight county service area.
- Assists in the development and implementation of the performance budget model and executes the annual budget following approval by the chancellor and the Board of Trustees.
- Presents and recommends to the chancellor actions relating to personnel changes, evaluation and professional development of faculty and staff, and long-range plans.
- Supervises the process of annual performance reviews for all personnel.
- Actively advances the diversity of the workforce at the Alamo Colleges District.
- Develops college operating procedures which are consistent with Board policy and District administrative procedure, memoranda and recommends changes in District policy as appropriate.
- Serves as the official contact person with private, local, state, and national agencies and be the principal spokesperson for the College in public activities.
- Responsible for meeting the accreditation and reporting requirements of the college.
- Promotes good working relationships and maintains personal and organizational involvement with the business, local governmental, and the secondary and post-secondary education communities.
- Advances post-secondary access in partnership with area school districts, community based organizations, and business/industry groups.
- Develops and leads fund raising initiative of the college and maintains liaison with the Alamo Colleges District development office on the college-specific fund-raising activities of the Foundation.
The successful candidate will:
- Demonstrative knowledge of college administration.
- Demonstrative knowledge of best practices for leadership and administration of academic personnel. Experience working with the college community to engage faculty and staff in a focus on increasing student success.
- Demonstrative knowledge of technology and its use and best application in community colleges.
- Thorough knowledge of federal and state legislation pertaining to the operation of institutions of higher education, including fair employment practices.
- Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of budgeting in an academic (college/university) environment.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective, collaborative, working relationships with administrators, faculty, students, and the public.
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
- Ability to organize and direct major work operations and work under pressure of deadlines.
- Experience working collaboratively in an urban, complex organization.
A master’s degree from an accredited institution in higher education, management, a related field, or an academic discipline is required. A doctorate degree in higher education, management or commensurate experience, a related field or an academic discipline is preferred.
A successful record of five years of increasingly responsible senior level administrative experience is required. Administrative experience in higher education is preferred but comparable senior level experience may be considered. Three years of full-time college teaching experience is preferred and experience in a diverse, urban community college setting is desirable.
The job posting for Palo Alto College president closed May 25, 2018.
- Beth Tanner, Committee Chair – Vice President of Academic Success
- Patrick Lee – Interim Dean of Academic Success
- Katherine Beaumont-Doss – Dean of Student Success
- Monica Ayala-Jimenez - Dean of Pre-College Programs
- Kayla Rodriguez – Student Government Association President
- Malorie Vallejo – Staff Senate
- Matilda Staudt – Faculty Senate President
- Ricardo Herrera – Student Government Association
- Virginia Stowitts-Traina – Department Chair, Social Sciences
- Michael Ximenez – Director of Academic Advising
- Diane Lerma – Faculty Member
- Ronnie Brannon – Faculty Member
- Leticia De La Rosa – Project Facilitator
- Dr. Veronica Garcia – President, Northeast Lakeview College
- Lisa Rodriguez – AARP (Community Partner)
- Mary Batch – Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas, Inc (Community Partner)
- Dr. Lloyd Verstuyft – Superintendent, Southwest ISD
- Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson – Texas A&M University at San Antonio
- Linda Boyer-Owens – Human Resources support (non-voting)
- Steve Kinslow – Search Consultant (non-voting)