Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor Dr. William V. Flores

Dr. William FloresDr. William V. Flores joined Antioch University Santa Barbara in 2016 as Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor.

Most recently, Dr. Flores was the President of the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) where he grew the university in size, reputation, student success, and community engagement. UHD has over 14,000 students and is one of the most diverse institutions in the nation. Dr. Flores led UHD in a strategic planning process, developing a new vision, mission, strategic plan and metrics for measuring progress. After he joined UHD in July 2009, the University dramatically expanded online enrollment, partnerships with community colleges and physical size, grew its downtown footprint and opened a satellite campus in northwest Houston. In 2011, the University was recognized as one of 16 national “Examples of Exceléncia” by the Exceléncia in Education organization. UHD has been named to the U.S. President’s Honor Roll for Community Service annually since 2007, including being awarded “With Distinction” in 2012. Also, in 2012, UHD won the prestigious STAR award from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for its transfer and articulation programs with Lone Star College and in 2015 UHD earned the prestigious Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement as one of only five campuses in Texas. In 2015, UHD was recognized as one of the “Top 25 Universities for Adults Returning to College.”

Dr. Flores has received many awards and accolades for his leadership in higher education and outstanding community service. In October 2009, Hispanic Business Magazine named Dr. Flores as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the country and Top Ten in education. He also serves on many local and national boards, including the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) where he serves on its Governing Board and has served as treasurer and secretary.

Dr. Flores earned his Doctor of Social Theory and Public Policy and Master of Arts in Political Science degrees from Stanford University and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UCLA. His previous appointments include service as Deputy Secretary for the New Mexico Department of Higher Education, Executive Vice President and Provost at New Mexico State University (including interim president), and Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at California State University, Northridge. He has been an ACE Fellow and Rockefeller Senior Fellow in the Humanities.