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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 Success) 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 open educational resources.

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, 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. 

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

  • 2017: Awarded the 2016 Richard C. Alvarado Community Service Award by Healthy Futures of Texas for service and advocacy for the community
  • 2016: Recognized by the Alamo Colleges District Board of Trustees for achieving a site visit from the 2016 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award examiners
  • 2016: Named one of Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine's Hispanic Leaders and Role Models in Higher Education
  • 2016:San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Community Service Honoree
  • 2015: Honored with the Education Award at the La Prensa Foundation’s annual Diamond Awards
  • 2015: Received CPS Energy's Hispanic Organization of Professional Employees Education Award
  • 2013: Named the Northside Independent School District (NISD) “Pillar of Responsibility”, one of the six annual Pillars of Character awarded to outstanding NISD graduates

Campus-wide Initiatives

  • Implemented new degree and certificate programs, 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 seven early college high school partnerships since Fall 2014 with Edgewood Independent School District, 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

Community Column on

Dr. Mike Flores' community column runs twice per month in the Southside Reporter, a community newspaper in south San Antonio, and

  • Feb. 13, 2018 - Learning from our community makes us strong
  • Jan. 30, 2018 - Diversity can make a difference in learning
  • Jan. 17, 2018 - Celebrating the Tricentennial
  • Jan. 1, 2017 - Celebrate collaborations to help others
  • Dec. 6, 2017 - Palo Alto revitalizes Adult Learning Academy
  • Nov. 21, 2017 - Supporting our students and community year-round
  • Nov. 7, 2017 - Teaching a life-saving skill
  • Oct. 24, 2017 - Take time to support our veterans
  • Oct. 10, 2017 - Investing in STEM on the south side
  • Sept. 26, 2017 - College attainable for all
  • In The News

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    Dr. R. Michael "Mike" Flores


    Leticia De La Rosa
    Project Facilitator


    Janel Santos
    Executive Assistant to the President


    Connie Acovio
    Administrative Assistant to the President


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