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Chancellor Search

The Board of Trustees of the Alamo Colleges District located in San Antonio, Texas, invites applications and nominations for the position of Chancellor.
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The Board of Trustees of the Alamo Colleges District located in San Antonio, Texas, invites applications and nominations for the position of Chancellor.

Dr. Mike Flores - Sole Finalist  

Dr. Mike Flores -
Sole Finalist 

FEBRUARY 8, 2018

The Alamo Colleges District Announces Sole Finalist for Chancellor

The publicly elected governing Board of Trustees for the Alamo Colleges District met on February 8, 2018 and voted to name as the Sole Finalist for Chancellor Dr. Mike Flores. Dr. Flores will replace current Alamo Colleges District Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie, who is retiring as of September 30, 2018 after 11 years of outstanding leadership of the district.

Dr. Flores has worked for the Alamo Colleges District since 1999, and since 2012 has served as President of Palo Alto College. Other positions he has held at Palo Alto College include Director of Institutional Research, Planning, an Development; Director of Title V Grant Program; Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Community Development; Vice President of College Services; Vice President of Student Affairs; and Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs prior to becoming President.

Active in many community organizations, including the boards of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Communities in Schools, Hot Wells Park Conservancy, and the San Antonio Tricentennial Commission, Dr. Flores also serves as a Leadership Coach and Data Coach for Achieving the Dream; a Coach in the Texas Success Center Pathways Project; and on the Board of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.

Dr. Flores holds a B.A. in Political Science from The University of Texas at San Antonio, an M.S. in Political Science from Illinois State University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.

The Chancellor search was a participative and representative process which included the use of an external search consultant who held four focus sessions with district and college administrators, and with the elected Staff Senate and Faculty Senate officers from across the colleges. In addition, the search consultant chaired a diverse 20-member Advisory Search Committee which was composed of 50% faculty, staff, and students and 50% business and community leaders who screened the applicant pool, developed interview questions aligned with the Position Profile advertised for the Chancellor position, interviewed candidates, and by consensus made recommendations of candidates the Board should carefully consider. The Board of Trustees also reviewed the entire applicant pool in consultation with the search consultant and unanimously accepted the recommendations of the Advisory Search Committee. Following interviews of candidates, the Board was unanimous in naming the Sole Finalist.

A series of “meet and greet” opportunities will be scheduled soon to allow the next Chancellor to meet with internal and external constituencies. 

About Us

The Board of Trustees of the Alamo Colleges District located in San Antonio, Texas, invites applications and nominations for the position of Chancellor.

The Alamo Colleges District includes Palo Alto College, Northwest Vista College, San Antonio College, St. Philip’s College, and Northeast Lakeview College along with a number of off-campus locations throughout the San Antonio metropolitan area, serving a ten county region. We are one of the nation’s largest post-secondary institutions, with a total enrollment of over 100,000 students.

The colleges are located in the unique world-renowned River City of Texas with a dynamic multi-cultural and diverse population. San Antonio, the nation’s seventh-largest city, has a historical and culturally dynamic economy rapidly expanding from traditional military and service sectors into telecommunications, biomedical science, information technology and data security. Its inland rail port is a fast-growing transshipment point for trade between China and the U.S. through Mexico’s Pacific coast. Its three major museums, local theater companies and several large venues draw national touring shows and events in art, theater and music. The San Antonio Spurs provide a focus for sports fans, families and civic pride and the Alamo is significant for its symbolic history. A moderate cost of living assures attractive options for home ownership.

The Alamo Colleges are all Hispanic Serving Institutions and one college is also recognized as a Historically Black College. We are Texas’s largest provider of online post-secondary education. A vibrant international program brings an increasing global demand for our programs.

Search Description

The successful candidate must be a person of proven integrity, with a minimum of five years of experience in a senior leadership role in a public community college. Experience in a multi-college/campus system in a multi-cultural and pluralistic setting is preferred and an earned doctorate degree. Leadership experience should include demonstrated experience in enhancing student success, social equity and equal opportunity for all.

The Chancellor should:

  • Understand complexities of the community college mission and be passionate about the Alamo Way focus on Student Success, Principle-Centered Leadership and Performance Excellence
  • Be a “Change Agent” committed to continuing Alamo Institutes (Pathways) and transforming the teaching/learning process while continuously improving student success metrics
  • Be an excellent communicator and collaborative/respectful leader of faculty and staff, and respected community presence
  • Have a strong record in building and sustaining community and business partnerships
  • Have demonstrated strength in organization and operations expertise including development of high-performing teams, assessment of institutional effectiveness coupled with continuous improvement, uses of technology, accreditation/agency/governmental guidelines, strategic planning, and resource development and allocation
  • Be a strong partner with the Board of Trustees in visioning, policy direction, resource allocation, real estate/capital improvements/ bond initiatives and ensuring excellence in all that Alamo Colleges District does.
  • As a leader, the Chancellor should demonstrate:
  • Vision and strategic planning skills
  • "Big picture/analytical thinking” coupled with strong organizational and leadership development skills
  • In-depth knowledge of community colleges and student success research and practices 
  • Strong change management skills/action orientation
  • Excellent communication/inter-personal skills with expertise in building and sustaining partnerships
  • Strong focus on community & business accountability

The preferred application period will close on 12/22/2017. The date after which applications are not guaranteed a review is 01/05/2018.

For information call Human Resources at 210-485-0233. 

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Alamo Colleges is committed to provide equal employment and educational opportunities for all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, physical or mental disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, veteran or military status (including special disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran, or recently separated veteran), predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law, or persons who have opposed discrimination or participated in any complaint process on campus or before a government agency.

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