Saturday, June 24, 2017


From Texas Southmost College Website:

hector-aguilarHector Aguilar, Ph.D.
Hector Aguilar has worked at Austin Community College for 20 years, the last seven as Dean of Continuing Education, a Division the size of a college comprising of more than 120 workforce and education programs, more than 12,000 students, and about 400 faculty and staff. 
This innovative division helps people with programs in IT/Computer Science, Engineering and Trades, Healthcare, Education and Teaching, Business, multiple personal enrichment community programs, and an extensive corporate training department that works directly with multiple industries. 

Prior to being part of the Continuing Education Division, Aguilar was Professor and Chair of multiple STEM Two-year and Certificate Programs in Nanoelectronics, Electronics, Traditional Power Plant Technology, Renewable Energy Technology, Robotics Automation and Controls, etc. Prior to working at Austin Community College,  Aguilar worked for Applied Materials, the largest Semiconductor Equipment OEM and Rockwell International Allen Bradley. Hector Aguilar has a BS in Electrical Engineering, a Master in Business Administration, and PhD in College Administration.

kenneth-p-gonzalezKenneth P. Gonzalez, Ph.D.
Dr. Kenneth P. Gonzalez is a national leader in higher education with more than two decades of experience in administration, teaching, and research. Currently, he serves in two roles: first, as the Director of a Joint Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, second, as a data coach for the National Initiative Achieving the Dream, where he has guided more than 40 community colleges in large-scale, collaborative student success initiatives. 

Previously, he served as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Our Lady of the Lake University where he led efforts in accreditation, academic program development, faculty development, and student success. 

Dr. Gonzalez also served for 16 years as a full-time faculty member at the University of San Diego, San Jose State University, and California State University Fullerton, where he received multiple national and institutional awards, including the Outstanding Teaching Award in 1999, 2003, and 2010. His scholarly work appears in the Journal of College Student Development, Urban Education, the Journal of the First Year Experience, and the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education (JHHE). 

His article,"Understanding the Role of Social Capital in Access to College for Latinas" has been the number one cited article in JHHE for more than a decade. Dr. Gonzalez' book (with R.V. Padilla), "Doing the Public Good: Latino Faculty and Civic Engagement," examines the challenges and strategies of Latinos in aligning their faculty work with local social justice initiatives.

Jesus-Roberto-RodriguezJesus Roberto Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Dr. Jesus Roberto Rodriguez is Dean for the Business Center of Excellence at Houston Community College District. He is responsible for the planning, development, implementation and supervision of curriculum, instruction and course scheduling at 23 instructional sites. He oversees/supports 200 FT/Adjunct faculty and 5,000+ business major students. 

Prior to HCC, he was Dean at Lone Star College System and Butler Community College where he excelled in strengthening programs, student engagement, and community partnerships. Prior to higher education, he served as Executive Director for an economic development organization and a maquiladora association. 

He graduated Sam Houston State University with a B.B.A., Texas A&M International University with an M.B.A., and UT Austin with a Ph.D. Blending business acumen with a deep commitment to academic values, Dr. Rodriguez embodies passionate dedication to helping students and communities develop and succeed. A native Texan, he and his wife Ana Carolina Rodriguez reside in The Woodlands.

david-e-pearsonDavid E. Pearson, Ph.D.
David E. Pearson, an Army veteran, graduated magna cum laude with honors in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, also in Sociology, from Yale University, and was a postdoctoral fellow in International Security Studies at the Ohio State University. 

During his academic career he has served as Professor of Sociology, as Academic Senate President, as a member of the editorial board of The American Sociologist, as Founding Director of the Dual Language Certification Program, as a member of the University of Texas System's Faculty Advisory Council, as host of the radio show Society Under Fire, as a University Leadership Fellow, and as Vice President for Partnership Affairs at the University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College. 

Most recently he served as Dean of the Campus at San Diego State University's Imperial Valley Campus, where he established the Imperial Valley University Partnership and the Center for Sustainable Energy. He is the author of three books and numerous articles in the scholarly, scientific, and popular presses.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations Dr.Pearson!

Anonymous said...

Choice should be between Aguilar and Rodriguez. They are from Texas and have a good basis in technical and vocational education.

We sure don't need a Sociologist or anybody that has soaked in California academic values. They would be the kiss of death for TSC.

Anonymous said...

No TONY ZAvaleta? YAY!

Anonymous said...

Contrary to what Tony thinks, the world does not revolve around the Zavaleta family.

Anonymous said...

So much for ethics Mr Z

Anonymous said...

None of these candidates have experience running a community college, let alone one that is essentially starting from the bottom up. Austin, houston, those cities are a community college's wet dream; they have abundant diversified economic base. Cameron County does not so the challenges require an innovative critical thinker that has run a community college facing the same challenges as Southmost. These guys are looking for the next logical step in their career. Nothing wrong with that but we need more than that. We need demonstrated experience in accomplishing what we need done. As ive said here before, these fukinh peasants on the Board are useless.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Zavaleta is correct.

Anonymous said...

David Pearson is a super educator and spent time at UTB-TSC. He seems to be the token "non-Hispanic" in this bunch. Will the TSC Board be racist (we know that Tony Zavaleta will not be willing to vote for a "Gringo"....that would be out of character for the bigot Zavaleta.

Anonymous said...

Usually I don't get involved in these comments. But annon. at 12:03 AM needs to be answered. I'm a "Gringo" and would not support David Pearson for President at TSC. This is not about ethnicity. He represents a link to the past. TSC needs to move forward and develop its full potential as a community college. It needs a youthful innovative president, not a status quo. 'Nuff said.

Anonymous said...

You underestimate Tony.

Anonymous said...

Excellent choice!

Anonymous said...

I vote for the full gringo.

anthony zavaleta said...

This is Tony Zavaleta not somebody afraid to attach their name to a comment. I have never voiced any interest in being the president of TSC and am very content as a Board member. It is simply beyond me that after a proven and successful career as an educator in Brownsville someone would call me a racist. Ignorance abounds in Brownsville. I can assure the community that I will vote for the best candidate for TSC President. My choice will have nothing to do with race or ethnicity, I will vote for the future of our college.

Anonymous said...

The taxpayers trust you Dr. Zavaleta.

Anonymous said...

Zavaleta, you are a fu..king arrogant,"Coconut"racist, your arrogance and over inflated ego, makes you one, your tendency to glorify yourself and to make a big deal of any little achievement you get, perfectly profile you as one, it is only in the mind of a egomaniac to think that, without you nothing will work at TSC, you are taking sides with the wrong party for your future political dreams.

Anonymous said...

I support Dr. zavaleta. Hes been good to the community for many years.