Dr. Mike Flores

Dr. Mike Flores


Dr. R. Michael “Mike” Flores became Palo Alto College’s sixth president on September 19, 2012. Dr. Flores 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) during his tenure.

During his time as president, Dr. Flores has led many new initiatives for the south San Antonio College. Providing access for the community to education has been key since the beginning for Palo Alto College, and Dr. Flores is committed to continuing partnerships with area businesses and community organizations, including school districts through dual credit and early college high schools programs. In fall 2014, Palo Alto College began early college high school partnerships with Harlandale Independent School District, Jourdanton Independent School District, Lytle School District, New Frontiers Charter School, Poteet Independent School District, Somerset Independent School District, Southside Independent School District, and Southwest Independent School District.

Dr. Flores is also a leader to empowering students for success through a variety of resources on campus through high impact teaching and learning practices including learning communities, new student orientation, new student convocation, peer advising, and problem-based learning.

Other campus-wide changes that have taken place during Dr. Flores’ presidency:

  • Palo Alto College’s first new degree offering in seven years – an Associate in Applied Science in Oil & Gas Technology, which began in Fall 2013
  • The establishment of 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
  • Exploration and strengthening new academic and technical programs including cosmetology; industrial automation; brewing, fermentation, and distillation
  • A new Participatory Budgeting annual program, established in 2013, where faculty and staff submit ideas to be voted on by their peers for funding and implementation.

Dr. Flores currently serves as an Achieving the Dream Data Coach and 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. In 2013, he was named the Northside Independent School District (NISD) “Pillar of Responsibility”, one of the six annual Pillars of Character awarded to outstanding NISD graduates. In 2015, Dr. Flores received the Education Award at the annual La Prensa Foundation’s annual Diamond Award Gala.

Dr. Flores 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. Dr. Flores currently serves as a board member for the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities, Communities in Schools San Antonio, San Antonio Education Partnership, Hot Wells Park Conservancy, and San Antonio Youth Yes (SAY Sí) Leadership Council.

Dr. Flores came to Palo Alto College in 1999 as a member of the institutional research, strategic planning, and resource development programs. He was an integral member in establishing an institutional effectiveness process, which guided Palo Alto College’s re-accreditation in 2002.

Dr. Flores was promoted to Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Community Development in November 2001, where he served for six years supporting the planning and budgeting process, distance education, partnerships, dual credit, and Gateway to College programs. During that time, he also directed the $1.8 million Title V grant, which established the Alamo College’s first one-stop Welcome Advising Center for incoming students and created an office that centralized institutional effectiveness functions.

In December 2007, Dr. Flores was named the first Vice President of College Services. In that role, he was responsible for the $26 million operating budget, grant development, information technology, and the early college high school programs.

Dr. Flores was named Vice President of Student Affairs in September 2009, where he led a division of 85 employees in departments that oversee admissions, advising, career and job placement, child care, disability support services, financial aid, federal programs, pre-college programs, student life, student recruitment, and veteran’s affairs. During that time, he led the Ray Ellison Family Center to earn national accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Foundations of Excellence effort to improve the first-year and transfer student experiences, and developed a unique academic advising model designed to guide students to persist in their education and graduate.

Born in Del Rio, Dr. Flores is a 1987 graduate of Holmes High School in Northside ISD in San Antonio. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Science in Political Science from Illinois State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Dr. Flores lives in central San Antonio with his wife Martha, a talented creative director and entrepreneur, and their daughters, Mara Zoe and Mia Ximena, in a 1920s bungalow.

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