Dr. Hector Gonzales named president-elect at SWTJC

Email this article 03/23/2012

Dr. Hector Gonzales is the president-elect at Southwest Texas Junior College. The SWTJC Board of Trustees voted to select Gonzales during its regular meeting on Thursday, March 22, in Uvalde.

A 1988 graduate of Uvalde High School, Gonzales earned his Bachelors Degree in business administration and accounting from Angelo State University in 1992. He went on to earn is MBA from Sul Ross State University in 1996 and received his CPA licensure in 1997.

Gonzales was hired at SWTJC in 1999 as director of accounting and controller. In 2003 he was named dean of instructional services and chief financial officer.

On Feb. 22 of this year, Gonzales successfully defended his dissertation before a three-member panel at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. He will officially be awarded his Ph.D. in Education, with a concentration in organizational leadership, during UIW commencement ceremonies this May.

"Hector has done an outstanding job for us in a variety of capacities and I applaud the board's decision to name him president-elect," current president Dr. Ismael Sosa, Jr., said following the meeting. "Hector is committed to this institution and region. I am confident he will do a great job leading SWTJC for many years to come."

Dr. Gonzales will officially assume the presidency in July of 2013, when Dr. Sosa's contract expires. "I appreciate the opportunity the board has given me and I look forward to working with the board, our faculty and staff, this community and the entire region, to continue moving our institution forward," Dr. Gonzales said.

The SWTJC board voted 4-3 to name Gonzales, with trustees Dr. Harry O. Watkins, Victor Lopez, Anita Shackelford and board president Rodolfo R. Flores voting for, and trustees Dr. Antonio H. Rivera, Maria Elena Lara and Tony Moreno voting against.

Following the vote, trustees Rivera and Lara both said their vote expressed concerns about the selection process and not Gonzales' qualifications.

"I would have liked to see us have a search committee and give Dr. Gonzales a chance to rise to the top of whatever pool of candidates applied," Dr. Rivera said.

Lara expressed similar sentiments. "I know you can do the job, Dr. Gonzales, I just think we should have opened up the process and given the board more options to consider," Lara said.

In other personnel matters, the board approved the re-employment of associate deans Romelia Aranda, Gilbert S. Bermea, Anne Tarski and Dr. Mark Underwood.

Division chairs were also rehired including Connie Buchanan, business; Joe Garcia, applied science; Harry Lawrence, social studies and physical education; Cheryl Sanchez, health and human services; James Swink, math and science; and Terri Tucker, humanities and fine arts.

Other professional personnel rehired included Jill Coe, director of professional development; and Richard Whipple, director of curriculum and instruction. An additional 77 full-time instructors and professional personnel were also approved for re-employment.

The board also canceled this year's SWTJC trustee election and declared Victor Lopez, place one; Maria Elena Lara, place two; and Anita Shackelford, place three, as elected. The three incumbents were the only candidates to file for election.

Trustee Tony Moreno was selected by the board to officially confer degrees at this year's commencement ceremony on May 12 at the Uvalde Honey Bowl.

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