EMPLOYMENT: Former Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor, Antioch University – Santa Barbara, CA; Research Fellow, Institute for Educational Policy Research and Evaluation, University of Houston; President, University of Houston – Downtown; Deputy Secretary, New Mexico Higher Education Department; Executive Vice President and Provost, New Mexico State University; Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, CSU – Northridge.

EXPERTISE: Higher education administration; student retention and success; policy analysis; partnership development.

DR. WILLIAM FLORES is president of the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD), a diverse, four-year, public university located in the heart of the nation’s fourth largest city. UHD is the second largest four-year public university in Houston and the state’s 13th largest public university. It is both a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution and Minority-Serving Institution and serves many first-generation college students. Since joining UHD in 2009, the University has experience growth in online enrollment, partnerships with community colleges and physical size, expanding its downtown footprint and opening a satellite campus in northwest Houston. Under Dr. Flores’ vision and leadership, UHD is engaging more students in high-impact educational experiences such as internships, undergraduate research and capstone projects and courses.

Prior to joining UHD, Dr. Flores served as Deputy Secretary for the New Mexico Higher Education Department. From 2001 to 2007, he served as Executive Vice President and Provost of New Mexico State University. He also served as Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Cal State Northridge and associate dean of the School of Social Sciences at Fresno State.

Dr. Flores attended the University of California in Los Angeles where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1970. He received his Master of Arts in Political Science from Stanford University in 1971 and his Ph.D. in 1987, also from Stanford University, in Social Theory and Public Policy.