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William V. Flores University of Houston Downtown

William V. Flores, Ph.D. is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) and directs the Master’s program in Nonprofit Management. He served as President of the University of Houston-Downtown from 2009-2016. He previously served as Deputy Secretary in the New Mexico Department of Higher Education, and prior to that as Executive Vice President and Provost at New Mexico State University, where he also served as Interim President. While UHD president he regularly attended and testified before various Texas legislative committees and has served on various boards and commissions, including the El Paso Branch of the Dallas Federal Reserve Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of Central Houston. He served as co-chair of the Higher Education Track for Points of Light and currently sits on the Higher Education Council of the Kettering Foundation. Flores served as the Chair of the Governing Board of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and the President’s Trust of AAC&U.  Dr. Flores earned his Bachelor of Arts at UCLA in Political Science. He earned his M.A. in Political Science and his Ph.D. in Social Theory and Public Policy from Stanford University. Dr. Flores co-edited Democracy, Civic Engagement, and Citizenship in Higher Education (Lexington Press, 2019). He co-edited Latino Citizenship: Claiming Space, Identity, and Rights (Beacon Press, 1997). He regularly writes on voting rights and on public policy issues, particularly immigration, health care, environmental issues, nonprofit management, and higher education.