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December 19, 2017

District News

New Vice Chancellor for Academic Success Named

At their regular meeting December 12, the Alamo Colleges District Board of Trustees approved the selection of Dr. George Railey, Jr.  as  the district's new vice chancellor for academic services. Railey, who is currently the vice president of academic affairs at Allan Hancock College in California, will begin his new duties January 24, 2018.
Railey, Jr. began his higher education career as a professor of music, prior to serving as chair of the Humanities and Fine Arts Division at Somerset Community and Technical College System. He then served as the dean of humanities and social sciences in the Los Rios Community College District, dean of instructional services/arts and sciences at Columbia College and dean of instructional services at Modesto Junior College/Yosemite CCD. This was followed by positions as the vice president of academic services at Chabot College and as the vice chancellor of educational services and institutional effectiveness at State Center Community College District.
His wealth of experience includes campus and district leadership roles in multi-college districts and expertise in pathways models, workforce education, technology and institutional effectiveness. He is active in numerous professional organizations.
Dr. Railey, Jr. earned an Ed.D. in higher education administration at the University of the Pacific, and MME and BME degrees in music education at Eastern Kentucky University.


NLC Accredited, Three Colleges' Accreditation Reaffirmed

The colleges of the Alamo Colleges District are pleased to announce the reaffirmation of the accreditation of Northwest Vista College, St. Philip’s College and San Antonio College. The colleges received notification of their reaffirmation at the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) recent annual meeting. The colleges, in collaboration with the District, implemented changes to their policies and procedures after they were placed on Warning status by SACSCOC for 12 months in December 2016, while continuing to be accredited.

The district’s newest college, Northeast Lakeview College, was approved for accreditation by SACSCOC at the annual meeting. Palo Alto College was not affected by the SACSCOC actions and also continues to be accredited. 

“The Board is extremely proud of the outstanding level of collaboration and the dedication and hard work on the part of the administration, faculty and staff at Northwest Vista, St. Philip’s and San Antonio Colleges which has resulted in this wonderful news,” said Alamo Colleges District Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Yvonne Katz. “On behalf of the Board, I congratulate Northwest Vista President Dr. Ric Baser, St. Philip’s President Dr. Adena Williams Loston and SAC President Dr. Robert Vela on their colleges’ reaffirmation of accreditation,” she added.

“We are pleased that these three colleges, working together with the district administration and the Board of Trustees, have satisfied the recommendations of SACSCOC and now have their accreditation reaffirmed,” said Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie. “We also want to congratulate Dr. Tom Cleary, who did an outstanding job as interim president of NLC, and Dr. Veronica Garcia and the administration, faculty and staff at Northeast Lakeview College on the excellent work they have done that has resulted in their receiving accreditation,” he added.

Since the three colleges on Warning status remained accredited, the action by SACSCOC did not adversely affect their enrollment, the ability to award financial aid to their students, the transfer of students’ credits to universities or students’ ability to graduate.



Students' Holiday E-Card Winner Chosen

The three winners of the Alamo Colleges District's annual animated Holiday E-Card contest were announced at the recent December board meeting. The winners are Jeannette Serrano-Mendoza, Brad Villa and Karla De La Cruz. Each will be awarded an Alamo Colleges District scholarship and their video e-cards are posted on YouTube at

Each year the district invites students from all of the colleges of the Alamo Colleges District-Northeast Lakeview College, Northwest Vista College, Palo Alto College, St. Philip's College and San Antonio College-to create an original animated holiday e-card. The three winning e-cards will be sent out as the district's holiday card to employees and the community. 



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