Dr. Mike Flores

Mike Flores Palo Alto College

Dr. Mike Flores
Alamo Colleges District

Dr. Flores assumed chancellorship of the Alamo Colleges District on October 1, 2018. He joined the district in 1999 and has served with distinction in varied teaching and administrative roles, most recently as president of Palo Alto College from 2012 to 2018.

Flores brings to his new position a strong belief in empowering students through high impact teaching and learning practices, as well as academic advising, learning communities, new student orientation, and open educational resources. He points to these as factors that encouraged him to establish new degree & certificate programs in high-growth, high-wage career areas, numerous early college high school/pre-college partnerships, the Center for Mexican American Studies, and other achievements.

Ever an advocate for continuous improvement in education programs and services, Flores utilized Baldrige criteria to help PAC gain recognition as 2015 winner of the Texas Award for Performance Excellence, 2016 nominee for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, and top 10 finalist for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

Flores has gained national recognition for his efforts to increase student success – as an Achieving the Dream Coach, as a fellow with the American Council on Education and with the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities, for postgraduate work at the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management, and for his work with community-based organizations in San Antonio, Houston, and Chicago. He has presented at numerous national higher education conferences regarding student engagement, evaluation, and performance excellence. He currently serves as a board member for several local and regional community organizations. He has also been the recipient of numerous professional and personal awards.

The son of migrant farmworkers, Flores was born in Del Rio, Texas, and is a 1987 graduate of Holmes High School (San Antonio Northside ISD). He earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio, a master of science degree from Illinois State University, and a PhD in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

He lives in central San Antonio with his wife Martha, a talented creative director and entrepreneur, and their daughters, Mara Zoe and Mia Ximena.

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