Dr. Bill Flores is president of the Santa Barbara campus of Antioch University, coming to Santa Barbara from Houston where he previously served as president of the University of Houston-Downtown for 7 years. During that time, Dr. Flores grew the institution’s student enrollment by nearly 3,000 students (to 14,500 students) – more than 70 percent of whom are Latino and African American. He established a second campus in Northern Houston with more than 2,000 students, added master’s degrees, and won national recognition for the university. In 2012, UHD earned the President’s Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and in 2015 earned the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement.
Before his tenure as president at the University of Houston-Downtown, Dr. Flores served as deputy secretary for higher education under Gov.Bill Richardson, who called him “an outstanding leader in education for the state and the country.” In 2009, he was named as one of the Top 100 Hispanics in America and in the Top Ten in Education. He has served as executive vice president and provost at New Mexico State University, as dean of the college of social and behavioral sciences at Cal State Northridge, and directed a research center at Stanford University, where he earned his master’s in political science and his Ph.D. in social theory and public policy. He has testified before a Special Congressional Hearing on immigration; testified before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission on financial aid and access and opportunity; served on the White House Hispanic Serving Institutions Summit and Briefing, and regularly writes on such topics as immigration policy, higher education, health care, and criminal justice.
He has served on a variety of state and national commissions and was elected as the incoming chair of the governing board of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, which represents nearly 471 colleges and universities and 22 Hispanic-serving school districts that together account for nearly two-thirds of all Latinos who receive college degrees in America.