Dr. Mike Flores

Dr. Mike Flores learned early on about the notion of responsibility and importance of community involvement, and he needed only to look across the dinner table to find a role model. His parents were active in the Mexican-American educational and voting rights movements of the 1960s & 70s. The Holmes High School graduate credits his success to his parents and other mentors who created a strong foundation for him. His leadership skills were instilled at a young age when he was elected class president in his elementary school, and those skills were further put into action when he was elected as student body president at the University of Texas at San Antonio. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in political science, a master’s degree from Illinois State University, and a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin, he served 13 years at Palo Alto College before becoming its 6th president in September 2012. Dr. Flores’ priorities include helping high school students understand that higher education is a realistic possibility and community colleges, like Palo Alto College, are key to the economic development of our community. Dr. Flores lives in central San Antonio with his wife Martha, a talented creative director and owner of MM Creative, and their two daughters, Mara Zoe and Mia Ximena, in a 1920’s bungalow.

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Pillar of...: 
Responsibility
School: 
Holmes High School
Year: 
2013
Class of ...: 
1987