May 6, 2015
Vol. 1, Issue 5
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

Marcelo S. Casillas
District 4

Roberto Zarate
District 5

Dr. Gene Sprague
District 6

James Rindfuss
District 9

Sami C. Adames
Student Trustee


Dr. Bruce Leslie
Alamo Colleges
Alamo Colleges' District 4
Trustee Marcelo S. Casillas
Alamo Colleges' Board Names New Trustee
At a special meeting May 5, the Alamo Colleges' Board of Trustees selected Marcelo Casillas as the new District 4 trustee. Casillas previously joined the board in 2002 and ran unopposed for a new six-year term in May 2008. He served as chair of the Academic Accountability and Student Success committee and as a member of the Legal Affairs and Building, Grounds and Sites Selection committees. 

A self-employed businessman and owner of Casillas Insurance Agency, he is a life-long resident of San Antonio and of District 4. Casillas served on the South San Antonio School Board from 1990-1998 and was re-elected four times. He has also served as president, vice-president, and secretary of the board.

Casillas formerly worked at Kelly AFB as a civil service aircraft mechanic. He is a fifth generation San Antonian with strong ties to the community. His personal and professional investment in San Antonio is displayed through his volunteer activities with the Knights of Columbus and the St. Bonaventure Catholic Church. Casillas graduated from South San Antonio High School in 1968.


SAC Department of Services for Women and
Non-Traditional Students Wins National Award
The National Academic Advising Association
recognized the Department of Services for Women
and Non-Traditional Students.

The San Antonio College Department of Services for Women and Non-Traditional Students, led by Dr. Helen Vera, has been awarded the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Outstanding Advising Program Award. Alamo Colleges - San Antonio College was the only community college in the nation chosen
for this prestigious award. 


Established in 1983, the NACADA annual awards program for academic advising honors individuals and institutions making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising. NACADA is a representative and advocate of academic advising and those providing that service to higher education.


The Department of Services for Women and Non-Traditional Students at Alamo Colleges - San Antonio College provides comprehensive educational services including holistic case management, advisement, counseling, college preparation and transition services, enrollment assistance and career exploration services to nearly 3,000 students a year.


The Outstanding Advising Program Awards annually recognize programs that document innovative and/or exemplary practices resulting in the improvement of academic advising services.


Alamo Colleges' Board, City of San Antonio Renew Agreement That Provides Funding for Academies 


The City of San Antonio and the Alamo Colleges
have renewed an agreement that provides funding
for the Alamo Academies.

At their regular April 28 meeting, the Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees authorized a 15-year renewal of the Utility Escrow Settlement Agreement between the City San Antonio and the Alamo Colleges, making it effective through 2031.


 The agreement provided that, in lieu of taxes on energy billings from CPS Energy, the Alamo Colleges establish an escrow account that now generates $1.1 million
a year in support of the award-winning Alamo Academies and provides training for 400 City of San Antonio employees a year. 

The Alamo Colleges is one district with five community colleges serving more than 90,000 students annually from Bexar County and seven other counties in our service area. We provide an affordable, quality college education that leads to associate degrees, certificates and transfers to four-year universities. Hundreds of thousands of Bexar County residents who have come through the Alamo Colleges education programs are major contributors to the economy and culture of San Antonio.