Mike Flores, Ph.D.

President, Palo Alto College

Dr. Mike Flores currently serves as president of Palo Alto College and an Achieving the Dream Leadership Coach. Mike 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 Services) before his tenure as president.

While serving as president of Palo Alto College, Mike has led many new initiatives for the south San Antonio college. Providing access for the community to education has been a priority since the beginning for Palo Alto College, and Mike 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 problem-based learning. 

Since becoming president in 2012, Mike has taken on numerous initiatives. He implemented new degrees and certificate programs, including oil & gas technology in Fall 2013, cosmetology in Spring 2015, and advanced manufacturing in Fall 2016. Mike 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. He has launched seven early college high school partnerships with local districts since Fall 2014. Mike 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. He began a continuous improvement journey utilizing Baldrige criteria to improve programs and services. Under Mike’s leaderships, 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. Mike also supported the creation of the S.H.A.R.E. Center for student and community resources, including a food pantry, clothes closet, financial planning and social and physical health services.

Mike 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. He 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. Currently, he is a board member for the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities, Communities in Schools San Antonio, Hot Wells Park Conservancy, and San Antonio Youth Yes (SAY Sí) Leadership Council.

Mike holds a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Texas Austin, an M.S. in political science from Illinois State University, and a B.A. in political science from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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