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University of Houston Downtown
National Hispanic Business 100 Influentials 2009 List
News Release
Friday, October 09, 2009

UHD’s President Named to Hispanic Business Magazine’s Top 100 Influentials List

HOUSTON – William V. Flores, president of the University of Houston-Downtown, has been named to the national Hispanic Business 100 Influentials 2009 list.

“I am honored to be selected as part of this very impressive group and for the recognition that it brings to the University of Houston-Downtown,” Flores said.  “We are working to make this University the best place for Hispanics and all Houstonians.”

Flores is one of eight individuals honored in the magazine’s education sector.  Others honored in this year’s listing include Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor,   Anchor of CBS’s The Early Show  Maggie Rodriguez,    St. Louis Cardinals 1st Baseman Albert Pujols, and President and CEO of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Frank Alvarez.

Honorees are selected from various professional areas. To view this year’s honorees, point your Internet browser to  To see the honorees in education, go to

Biographical Information

William V. Flores
University of Houston-Downtown

On June 5, 2009, the University of Houston System’s Board of Regents appointed Dr. William Flores as the fifth president of the University of Houston-Downtown. He officially took office August 1, 2009, after arriving at UHD in July to expedite a smooth transition. As UHD’s newest leader, President Flores brings new vision and expertise to the University as it enters its 35th year. 

When recommending Dr. Flores as UHD’s next president, UH Chancellor Renu Khator said, “We are very fortunate to have found a leader of Dr. Flores’ caliber who is an excellent fit with the vision and mission of UHD. He has a depth of experience in every category of specific interest for us.”

Dr. Flores succeeds Max Castillo who served as UHD’s president for 17 years.

As one of Texas’ fastest growing universities, UHD is a diverse, four-year, public university located in the heart of the nation’s fourth largest city. Small class sizes and excellent faculty create a nurturing atmosphere that provides students an opportunity to participate in research projects at the undergraduate level. UHD enrolls more than 12,000 students and offers more than 40 undergraduate majors as well as four master’s degree programs. It also offers online classes and classes at more than four locations in the greater Houston area.

UHD is one of four separate universities in the University of Houston System. It is both a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution and Minority Serving Institution and serves many first-generation college students. 

Prior to joining UHD, Dr. Flores served as Deputy Secretary for the New Mexico Higher Education Department. He was appointed to the post by New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson in May of 2007. He became Interim Cabinet Secretary there in April 2009. Gov. Richardson has described Dr. Flores as “one of the great educators not just in New Mexico but around the country.” 

From 2001 to 2007, Dr. Flores served as Executive Vice President and Provost of New Mexico State University. In 2003, he served as Interim President for one year. During Dr. Flores’ tenure as provost, the university increased student enrollment; expanded distance education programs, including online degrees; opened a center in Albuquerque; and dramatically increased fundraising. He served as Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Cal State Northridge and, earlier, as associate dean of School of Social Sciences at Fresno State. Dr. Flores taught at Cal State Fresno, Santa Clara University and Stanford University where he also served as Associate Director of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research. He has extensive service in community-based agencies, including as Executive Director of the Gardner Community Health Center in San Jose. He has conducted research projects in voting rights, community empowerment, higher education policy and violence prevention. He co-edited the book, Latino Cultural Citizenship.

Born in San Diego, Dr. Flores attended the University of California in Los Angeles where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1970. He received his Master of Arts in Political Science from Stanford University in 1971 and his Ph.D. in 1987 also from Stanford University in Social Theory and Public Policy, with a focus in organizational behavior and health care policy. He has been a Ford Foundation fellow, a Compton-Danforth fellow, and a Rockefeller senior fellow in the Humanities.

In his new role, Dr. Flores serves as an incoming board member for Central Houston, Inc. an organization that serves as a steward of Houston’s vision for the redevelopment and revitalization of downtown. He has been named to the board of the Texas International Education Consortium and serves as a new board member for Houston Prep, an organization based at UHD that encourages economically disadvantaged middle school and high school students in Houston to pursue careers in science, technology engineering and mathematics.

Dr. Flores is a member of the Education Advisory Board of the ACT and served on the Assessment Advisory Board of Achieve, Inc. He co-leads the New Mexico team for the national College and Career Readiness Policy Institute. He is active nationally in several higher education organizations, including the American Council for Education where he served on the Internationalization Council; the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, where he chaired the Economics of Higher Education Committee and served on the Executive Committee of the Council of Academic Affairs of NASULGC; and has been active in the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and the American Association of Hispanic Higher Education.  He represents New Mexico in the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, the Education Commission of the States, and the State Higher Education Executive Officers Organization.

Dr. Flores served as a director of the El Paso Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas from 2002-2008. A graduate of Leadership New Mexico, Dr. Flores served as co-chair of Governor-elect Bill Richardson’s Transition Committee and was appointed by Governor Richardson to serve on the Educational Roundtable of the Western Governors Border Conference as well as the New Mexico National Hispanic Cultural Center. Dr. Flores has been recognized for outstanding public service by the Hispano Chamber of Las Cruces, the Las Cruces Forum, the Mayor and City Council of Los Angeles, the Mayor and City Council of San Jose, the California State Legislature and the New Mexico Legislature. He received the prestigious New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award in 2005 and was selected as a “New Mexico Power Broker” by New Mexico Business Magazine in both 2004 and 2006. Dr. Flores is recognized in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Hispanic America, and the America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals. 

Dr. Flores may be contacted at UHD at 713-221-8001 or emailed at

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