In its search for a new president, San Antonio College has named four finalists, who will visit the community college campus next week.

Beginning Monday, each finalist will attend a forum to give faculty, staff, students and members of the community an opportunity to meet them and ask questions. 

SAC started its search for a new president after Robert Vela was named president of Texas A&M University-Kingsville in May.

The presidential search committee includes faculty, staff and community stakeholders who are working with an executive search firm to recommend candidates for consideration by the Alamo Colleges District board of trustees and Chancellor Mike Flores. A decision will be made later this fall, according to a college spokesman.

“As we move into this next phase of our search, we want to identify a candidate with a true passion for the mission of urban community colleges to lead a diverse team of talented faculty, staff and administrators at the college,” Flores said. “… Our standards are high, and we are committed to finding the right candidate.”

The finalists are:

  • Feleccia Moore-Davis, president of St. Louis Community College’s Meramec, Missouri, campus. Having begun her academic career as a psychology professor, she has more than 20 years of higher education experience in teaching and in administrative roles within community colleges. Moore-Davis received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Xavier University, a master’s degree in industrial/ organizational psychology from Texas A&M University and a doctorate in organizational leadership from Regent University. 
  • Naydeen González-De Jesús, the executive vice president of student success at Milwaukee Area Technical College in Wisconsin. She has a background in international public diplomacy as well as community college experience. She received her bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University, a master’s degree in student personnel services from Rowan University and a doctorate in industrial and organizational psychology from Northcentral University in Arizona. 
  • Stella Lovato, SAC’s vice president for college services and interim vice president for academic success. She is responsible for the academic management, operations and strategic planning at the college and helped draft SAC’s strategic plan to further develop the institution’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. A former SAC student, she earned an associate degree in dental assisting, a bachelor’s degree in health professions from Texas State University, a master’s degree in education from UTSA and a doctorate in adult professional and community education from Texas State University.
  • Warren E. Haynes, the vice president of instruction and student services for two campuses at the Metropolitan Community College District in Missouri. He has held faculty and administrative roles at various community colleges. Haynes has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Morgan State University, a master’s degree in city and regional planning, a master’s degree in higher education administration from the City University of New York-Bernard M. Baruch College and a doctorate in public administration from the University of Baltimore.

The candidates’ community forums will be held Monday-Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at SAC’s Nursing and Allied Health Center room 218. For the schedule for each candidate, click here.

Raquel Torres is the San Antonio Report's breaking news reporter. A 2020 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, her work has been recognized by the Texas Managing Editors. She previously worked...