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St. Philip's College
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November 2006 to Present  

In conjunction with a great leadership team and many wonderful and dedicated faculty, staff, and students, and under the direction of the Board of Trustees through a formal system of Charges focused on Student Success:




1. Designated an Achieving the Dream Leader College which recognizes    our initiatives around Student Success data, and data-informed decision-making;


2. Focused on Student Success - beginning at Board of Trustees ($2 million fund for student success), and across the colleges;


3. Moved to one application, one admission and registration process, one student database, single student record, consistent curriculum (courses and programs), to provide flexibility to students;


4. Embedded the Alamo Way into Board policy, and its three pillars, performance excellence, student success, and principle-centered leadership, are the focus of the Alamo Colleges' Strategic Plan;


5. Established 5 Strategic Initiatives designed specifically to increase student degree achievement, transfer, and baccalaureate degree completion, and increased levels of employment:

  • a.    AlamoENROLL: designed to provide efficient access and enrollment and ensure that all students are fully ready for the first day of classes;
  • b.   AlamoADVISE: designed to provide a case management model of continuous advisement and support to increase students' career and academic focus and successful degree completion, transfer and employment;
  • c.    AlamoINSTITUTES: to provide clear pathways, from 8 th  grade as required by HB5 through university for every student to their intended career and degree programs. To reduce unnecessary courses and loss of transfer credits, saving both students and taxpayers $ millions in unnecessary courses and time;
  • d.   Dual Credit: to expand dual credit, The Alamo Academies, Early College High Schools, and related programs in order to provide our regions' high school students a free associate's degree and full preparation for the careers they seek;
  • e.    4DX: to increase student degree achievement of current students and to increase degrees achieved by students who have already left from or dropped out of the Alamo Colleges;




6. Expanded dual credit programs to 9,000 students annually, second highest in the state. In partnership with our ISDs, we implemented 9 Early College High Schools (ECHS) with several more in the developmental stage.  We are creating a first in the nation 8 th  grade "college-readiness" academy with SAISD. No tuition/fees are charged providing $13.6 million in "scholarships" annually so that no family will have a financial barrier to their son/daughter achieving an associate degree.  Our graduation rate is among the best in the nation and many of our graduates are transferring to top universities across the nation;


7. Expanded educational services in our service area, including Centers in Kerrville and New Braunfels as well as the West Side Education & Training Center and the Brackenridge Education & Training Center;


8. Established the I-BEST (basic education and skills training) program, cited by the Chronicle of Higher Education  as one of the nation's model programs for students who require basic skills development in order to succeed in technical training. It was a finalist this year, competing against our winning Alamo Academies program, for the Bellwether Award; 


9. Reorganized and expanded Alamo Colleges On-Line (ACOL); the colleges offer Distance Education to over 34,000 students annually;


10. Significantly expanded International Education, including the Study Abroad program, travel study programs and international training of faculty and student groups, in particular with Mexico, Brazil, China, Japan, Columbia, and Spain. Also increased Economic Development training in partnership with the Mexican government and several cities within Mexico;


11. Opened the Workforce Center of Excellence in partnership with Port San Antonio ( San Antonio Business Journal  2012 Real Estate "Best Land Deal") to provide a cutting-edge training facility for our workforce programs;


12. Implemented the Office of Experiential Learning to support faculty and student service learning and internship opportunities, and reinforcing the new SA Works program at the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce;


13. Implemented the "Learning Companies" program that is creating incubator and entrepreneurial opportunities for students and community business start-ups in conjunction with the City of San Antonio and several community organizations and entrepreneurs;


14. Supported the expansion of The Alamo Academies to 5; Aerospace Academy, Information Technology and Security Academy, Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Academy, Health Professions Academy, and Heavy Equipment Academy.  The Alamo Academies has received numerous awards including the 2012 Texas Higher Education Star Award from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and the Bellwether Award in 2014;


15. Phased-out workforce programs no longer in demand while adding new programs that respond to the needs of employers, including Oil and Gas Technology and Cosmetology at Palo Alto College; Personal Fitness Trainer at Northwest Vista College; and Surgical Technology and Vision Care Technology, in partnership with Incarnate Word University, at St. Philip's College.  A new partnership with the University of Houston has brought UH to San Antonio to extend the culinary program at St. Philip's College into a baccalaureate degree;


16. Expanded with Workforce Solutions Alamo and area employers, workforce offerings with Just-in-Time manufacturing training that has received national recognition;


17. As one of the founders of a national community college consortia, established the AMTEC program that provides multi-skills technicians, a critical need for Toyota, that drew the attention of Secretary of Labor Perez who visited the program last year, the second Secretary of Labor to visit the Alamo Colleges;


18. Launched in partnership with Workforce Solutions Alamo The Virtual Career Center to provide students with online career information to guide course selection and prepare for success in the workplace;




19. Effectively managed the $450 million bond approved by the voters to construct 1.6 million sq. ft. of new facilities (24 new buildings), including the new Northeast Lakeview College, which now enrolls over 6,000 students, and greatly enhanced facilities at all of our colleges. All projects were constructed on-time, under budget, and with high quality, and the taxpayers benefited by our investment and construction management generating $40 million more than the $450 million bond itself;


20. Initiated a preventive maintenance program increasing to $14.5 million annually to continuously protect and maintain our older buildings;


21. Established the Fire and Police Academy in Von Ormy that is providing additional resources not only for our students but for various municipalities, the Park Service and FBI;


22. Developed one of the state's first public/private partnerships in order to collaborate with the Tobin Hill neighborhood to construct the first student housing on the San Antonio College campus, the Tobin Lofts, with a new Student Welcome Center, named for philanthropists Tino and Millie Duran, and improved retail spaces for local businesses;


23. Relocated the Challenger Center from Brooks City Base to San Antonio College and completed a $7 million Capital Campaign to build out the combined refurbished Scobee Planetarium and new Challenger Center, which is considered the best among all Challenger Centers in the world;


24. Developed Alamo Colleges into a more financially and operationally efficient organization through consolidations of services including IT, Financial Aid, Institutional Advancement, Continuing Education, Distance Learning, and numerous smaller operations from Auto Maintenance to Mail Services;


25. Received numerous state and national awards, including the Bellwether Award for Innovations in Planning, Governance, and Finance; further improving operational effectiveness and efficiency, reducing over $200 million in costs since 2008.  As a result of these savings and our deliberate initiatives to revise our pay schedules, our employees are the third highest paid among community colleges in Texas, we've redirected salaries to substantially increase the number of student advisors, increased student work study positions, increased minimum wage to the region's living wage standard, have invested heavily in technology, and expanded facilities and programs in New Braunfels and Kerrville;


26. Developed an effective Key Performance Indicator model that has established an accountability culture and increases student success through:

  • a.    Full-time and part-time student persistence rates
  • b.   Certificates and Degrees awarded
  • c.    Graduate Employment rates
  • d.   Student transfer rates;


27. Implemented The Four Disciplines of Execution (4DX) and Plan Do Check Act (PDCA) models.  As a result, employees have led the development of new strategies and innovations that have improved student success, streamlined systems, cut costs, and improved operational services to students;


28. Awarded the Texas Comptroller Leadership Circle 2015 Platinum Award for Financial Transparency from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Other finance awards are: the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for fifth consecutive year;  the National Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Procurement Institute for third consecutive year; the GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the fifth consecutive year; and the Certificate of Distinction from the Government Treasurers' Organization of Texas (GTOT) in March 2015;


29. Established the Risk Management operations in order to systematically protect our students, employees, and assets of the District and Implemented a state-of-the-art Emergency Notification System to improve safety related communications for students and employees;


30. Guided the Alamo Colleges to consistent AAA Bond ratings;


31. Reorganized, consolidated and expanded the Alamo Colleges Foundation and reconstituted its staff and Board of Directors, increasing total assets from $5 million to $20 million in scholarship funds, ensuring students have the financial resources to succeed in college;


32. Consolidated and expanded technology from five separate systems into a single, efficient system that is substantially less costly, fully integrated and now providing hundreds of support programs across the district with much enhanced operational improvements, technology support, and data analysis and reporting;




33. Facilitated our transformation from an organization of five separate colleges with duplication of programs, conflicting procedures for registration, transferring courses, academic and curricular design and organizational structure with substantial inefficiencies, costly to the taxpayer and students, to five collaborating colleges that are much more responsive to student and community needs;


34. Implemented "The Alamo Way", the Board of Trustees' Educational Philosophy policy that has provided clear strategic focus on student success, student and employee leadership development, and institutional performance excellence.  Two of the Alamo Colleges, Northwest Vista and Palo Alto College, have earned the coveted Texas Award for Performance Excellence.  They are two of only nine organizations in Texas to earn this recognition, and were cited for best practices demonstrating strong dedication to quality and high performance, evidenced by well-deployed, effective, systematic approaches to organizational management, with good performance levels and trends evaluated against industry standards.  The Alamo Colleges' District Support Operations (DSO) and St. Philip's College were recognized at the Achievement Level.


35. Facilitated development of a culture of disciplined data assessment and project focus that has contributed to a record 7,147 degrees and certificates in FY14, a 75% increase since 2006. Our data-informed approach has improved academic and student support services through research-based decision-making;


36. Improved student satisfaction scores on The Community College Survey of Student Engagement such that 85.7% of Alamo Colleges students rated their entire educational experience as good or excellent;


37. Has utilized the annual PACE survey to measure employee satisfaction achieving the highest ratings in the history of the college and surpassing our national peers;


38. Initiated the Office of Community Partnerships that has established regular planning and collaboration events with K-12 partners across the Alamo Colleges service area.  The board chairs and superintendents of all 50 plus Independent School Districts and many charter schools from across the Alamo Colleges' 8 county service area meet quarterly to explore collaborative strategies to increase student college readiness and transfer to the Alamo Colleges and our sister colleges and universities;


39. Emphasized equity in our employment and support for students resulting in the Alamo Colleges receiving the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) 2013 national Charles Kennedy Equity Award for its efforts in expanding opportunities for minorities and women and the DiversityFIRST Award from the Texas Diversity Council for his dedication to diversity;


40. Collaborated with students and trustees to establish the only community college Student Trustee position in Texas, and enhanced the five individual student government associations by forming a District Student Government Council to work directly with the Chancellor and his team and increase student leadership development and involvement in Alamo Colleges strategic development;


41. Dr. Leslie has been awarded the Association of Community College Trustees Western Regional Chief Executive Officer award in 2012, having previously won the Eastern Regional Chief Executive Officer award in 1992, the only community college president in the nation to win the award from two regions;


42. Awarded the San Antonio Business Journal's 2010 Going Green award as well as the national FIRST award for his commitment to sustainability;


43. Accepted the charge from Mayor Ivy Taylor and County Judge Nelson Wolff to lead the city and county's joint Workforce Development Project.