As a leader, Dr. Mike Flores supports empowering students through high-impact teaching and learning practices, including academic advising, early access to college through high school programs and experiential learning opportunities through apprenticeships, internships, and volunteer experiences.
While president at Palo Alto College, Dr. Flores established new degree and certificate programs in high-wage, high-demand career areas; seven early college high school partnerships; the college’s first Center for Mexican-American studies; and an Honors program. He led Palo Alto College to become a 2019 top ten finalist and Rising Star recipient of the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award nominee, and the winner of the Texas Award for Performance Excellence.
Dr. Flores is nationally known as a coach for Achieving the Dream and as a fellow for the American Council on Education, Aspen Pahara Institute, and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. He has worked with numerous community-based organizations in San Antonio, Houston, and Chicago. He also serves as a board member for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Hot Wells Park Conservancy, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, San Antonio Tricentennial Commission and the World Affairs Council.
Ph.D. (Educational Administration) | University of Texas at Austin
M.A. (Political Science) | Illinois State University
B.A. (Political Science) | University of Texas at San Antonio
President | Palo Alto College