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William Flores is the fifth president of the University of Houston-Downtown, a diverse, four-year, public university located in the heart of the nation's fourth largest city and a member of the University of Houston System of institutions. UHD is a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked 34th nationally for graduating Hispanics with bachelor's degrees.
In October 2009, Hispanic Business Magazine named Dr. Flores one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the country for his service in education. He serves on advisory boards for the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities, The College Board which administers the SAT exam, New Futuro which helps Hispanic families transition their students into college and C3 Texas which focuses on designing engagement and service learning opportunities for college students. Dr. Flores is a board member of Central Houston, Inc., the Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Avenue CDC and Project Grad Houston.
Under Dr. Flores' leadership, UHD has increased online degree offerings, strengthened partnerships with community colleges and expanded operations in suburban areas. The University's fall 2012 enrollment of 13,916 students is the largest in the institution's history and represents a 7.7 percent growth since fall 2011.
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, including a one-year term as Interim President.
Born in San Diego, Dr. Flores attended the University of California, Los Angeles where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1970. He received his Master of Arts in Political Science and a Ph.D. in Social Theory and Public Policy from Stanford University. He has been a Ford Foundation fellow, a Compton-Danforth fellow and a Rockefeller senior fellow in the Humanities.
Dr. Flores is married to Noël Bezette-Flores, who is Assistant Dean in the College of Public Service at the University of Houston-Downtown.
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