Mike Flores, Chancellor
Dr. Mike Flores assumed the role of chancellor of the Alamo Colleges District in 2018, after unanimous vote by the Alamo Colleges District Board of Trustees. With more than 20 years of service to the Alamo Colleges District, Dr. Flores possesses the distinction of being the first Hispanic chancellor in the district’s history.
During his first year as chancellor, Dr. Flores led the Alamo Colleges District and its five colleges in celebrating the recognition as the only community college system in the nation to be awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership.
With this evident commitment to performance excellence, Flores encouraged sharing ideas and engagement at all levels by hosting College Conversations at all five of the district’s colleges and district support operations to shape a new strategic plan with the input from over 1,300 students, faculty, and staff to serve as a roadmap for transforming higher education in San Antonio.
Flores’ vision for the Alamo Colleges District – eliminating poverty through education – is based on his personal experience as a child of migrant farmworkers who pursued education to gain economic and social mobility. Through his leadership, the Alamo Colleges District has launched AlamoPROMISE, a tuition-free college program for graduating high school students in Bexar County and one of the most significant initiatives implemented in the region.
As a leader, Flores supports empowering students for success 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. Aligned with the vision for eliminating poverty, Flores has supported the launch of Student Advocacy Centers at each of the district’s five colleges and reduced tuition for students enrolled fully online.
While president at Palo Alto College, 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 also 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 2016 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award nominee, and the winner of the 2015 Texas Award for Performance Excellence.
He is nationally known as a former 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 conducted postgraduate studies at the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management and is in demand as a speaker at national higher education conferences.
Flores 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, UP Partnership, Conservancy, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, United Way San Antonio, and the World Affairs Council.
Flores was born in Del Rio, Texas, and is a graduate of Holmes High School in San Antonio’s Northside Independent School District. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s in Political Science from Illinois State University, and a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He lives in central San Antonio with his wife Martha, a talented creative director and entrepreneur, and their daughters, Mara Zoe and Mia Ximena.