President of Palo Alto College

President of Palo Alto College

Alamo Colleges District-Palo Alto College is pleased to invite qualified submissions of interest to become the seventh president of the College. The Palo Alto College community is seeking a transformational leader with experience in expressing a passion for public education and inspiring teamwork with our exceptionally qualified and committed faculty, staff, and students.

In 1985, Palo Alto College opened its doors as the only public higher education option available in south San Antonio and Bexar County. We were built from the efforts of community leaders who championed for higher education in south San Antonio, and we continue to live our mission to inspire, empower, and educate our community for leadership and success.  Since then, Palo Alto College has grown beyond the original 2,500 students we were built to accommodate. Today, we serve more than 10,000 students each year. Our program offerings have grown as the only public college in our region to offer career and technical programs like Cosmetology, Energy Technology, Industrial Technology, Landscape and Horticultural Science, and Veterinary Technology. Palo Alto College, part of the Alamo Colleges District, is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

The president of Palo Alto College, who reports directly to the chancellor of the Alamo Colleges District, is responsible for supporting the philosophical tenets reflected in the Mission, Vision, and Values of the District. The president advances the strategic agenda of the District by providing a strategic philosophical focus for every aspect of the operation of the College.  These tenets include:  the primacy of student success; accountability for institutional performance; belief that all students can learn, acceptance and implementation of a culture of evidence; the practice of collaborative leadership that integrates Baldrige principles and defines the Alamo Way. The President of Palo Alto College should demonstrate a record of success for:


  • of the Alamo Way, Alamo Colleges District performance excellence strategy encompassing our commitment to Achieving the Dream, Baldrige methodology and Principle Centered Leadership;
  • Ability to continue the progress that has been made on Achieving the Dream; Foundations of Excellence, and the strategic plan with special emphasis on implementing the AlamoADVISE and the AlamoINSTITUTES;
  • Demonstrated ability to foster and maintain high ethical standards STUDENT SUCCESS;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead implementation of our student-centered vision for the college, and a passion for education at the community college level;
  • A commitment to supporting and enhancing the workforce and technical programs offered by Palo Alto College;


  • Ability to understand the history and culture of Palo Alto College and to effectively connect to the community it serves
  • Proven track record in working collaboratively with others, both inside and outside a college setting
  • Strong communication/interpersonal skills, including diplomacy in dealing with others
  • Commitment to the open enrollment concept and the needs of minority and disadvantaged students
  • Ability to develop and lead college fund raising initiatives and support fund raising of the Alamo Colleges District Foundation for the college.


  • An understanding of the budget-making process and the ability to effectively manage the college budget
  • Proven skills to effectively oversee the control of campus facilities and capital projects.


  • An understanding of the role of technology in delivering quality educational services   


An earned doctorate from an accredited institution is preferred. 


The preferred start date for the successful candidate is no later than August 2018.  The preferred date for applications is no later than May 18, 2018.  The date after which applications are not guaranteed review is May 25, 2018.  

For more information about this search and the application process, please visit our website at

www.  For information call 210-485-0200.

A Gold Hill Associates Assisted Search

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