April 22, 2015
Vol. 1, Issue 3
Board of Trustees

Chairman of the Board
Anna U. Bustamante
District 3

Vice Chair
Dr. Yvonne Katz
District 7

Joe Alderete, Jr.
District 1

Asst. Secretary
Clint Kingsberry
District 8

Denver McClendon
District 2

District 4

Roberto Zarate
District 5

Dr. Gene Sprague
District 6

James Rindfuss
District 9

Jacob Wong
Student Trustee


Dr. Bruce Leslie
Alamo Colleges
(l to r) Alamo Colleges - Palo Alto College Livestock Judging Team members Bryan Tejada, Jordan Trees, Carrie Wilbert, Kayla Friesenhahn, Megan Vanderknapp, and William Davila, with coach and professor Ty Chumley (center)  
Palo Alto College Agricultural Students Win Honors at National Judging Conference
Alamo Colleges - Palo Alto College's Livestock Judging Team recently competed in the North American College Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Conference in Moline, Illinois. The annual conference welcomed 57 colleges from across the country and more than 850 students, who competed in several agricultural and horticultural events throughout the four-day conference. The Alamo Colleges - Palo Alto College team, comprised of students in the college's agriculture program, won recognition as the Rookie of the Year and Program of the Future, and was the highest rated team from Texas. 
The team members are: Kayla Friesenhahn from Pleasanton; Bryan Tejada from Floresville; Megan Vanderknapp from San Antonio; Carrie Wilbert from Marion; William Davila from San Antonio; and Jordan Trees from New Braunfels. Two of the students will return for the competition next year, while the other four students will be continuing their education in agriculture at Texas A&M University and Texas State University.


Alamo Colleges Prepares National College Leaders
Dr. Stacey Johnson, Valencia College; Dr. Beth Lewis, College
of the Mainland; Dr. Jessica Howard, Portland Community College;
and Dr. Jimmie Bruce, Eastern Gateway Community College meet 
at the American Association of Community Colleges conference.

A growing roster of former Alamo Colleges' employees have used the training, leadership development and experience gained at the Alamo Colleges to propel them to positions as college presidents and CEOs. 


"We are very proud that the Alamo Colleges has achieved success in developing the next generation of college leaders, which is our responsibility as an institution of higher education," said Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie." This is an amazing legacy for us and a testament to the great people we hire," he added.

Alamo Colleges employees who have achieved leadership positions include:
Dr. Thomas Baynum, recently retired president of Black Hawk College in Illinois
Dr. Jimmie Bruce, president of Eastern Gateway Community College, Ohio
Dr. Robert Garza, president, Mountain View College, Dallas County Community College District
Dr. Adriana Contreras, executive director, San Antonio Educational Partnership
Dr. Lily Tercero, president, Texas Southmost College
Dr. Robert Vela, president, San Antonio College
Dr. Mike Flores, president, Palo Alto College
Dr. Stacey Johnson, president, East Campus, Valencia College
Dr. Jessica Howard, president, Southeast Campus, Portland Community College
Dr. Beth Lewis, president, College of the Mainland 


Former Alamo Colleges Interim President Presented 2015 Leadership Award at AACC Conference

(l to r) Dr. Bob Barringer is presented with a Texas flag 
by Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie.

Former Alamo Colleges interim president and community college pioneer Dr. Bob Barringer was presented the American Association of Community Colleges
(AACC) 2015 Leadership Award at the organization's annual conference April 17 in San Antonio. He also was recognized for this honor at a reception hosted by Alamo Colleges' Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie on Sunday, April 19.

Barringer is being honored for his accomplishments and professional contributions to community colleges. He is one of only two individuals selected to receive this lifetime achievement honor.


Barringer's career in community colleges spans 50 successful years. In the early 1960s, following service in the Marine Corps, Barringer was recruited to the first doctoral program for community college leadership. His first job was at the College of The Albemarle in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, where, at the age of 29, he became the youngest college president in the country.


He served two other colleges - Community College of Baltimore County in Maryland and Brookdale Community College in New Jersey - as permanent president. Then, in a unique career plan, he became a professional interim community college president and served 10 institutions in that role.


In 1990, he established Gold Hill Associates, a community college presidential search firm, which he operates from Asheville, North Carolina. Gold Hill has assisted 107 colleges across the country in presidential searches, including 26 in Texas.