Mountain View Presidential Community Forums

​​Dallas College is pleased to announce that we are in the final stages of selecting a new president for our Mountain View Campus.

We have identified three highly qualified individuals. You are invited to participate in the final phase of the interview process. We will hold virtual community forums June 16-18 to introduce you to the candidates.

Take part in this important opportunity to interact with these individuals and learn more about them. During the virtual forums, ask questions about their experience and vision by sending your questions to townhall@dcccd.edu.

The schedule for these virtual community forums is as follows:

 

Wednesday, June 16
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Maria Vazquez
Vice President for Student Affairs at Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, Nebraska

Thursday, June 17
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Kenneth P. Gonzalez
Vice President Student and Enrollment Services, El Paso Community College, El Paso, Texas

Friday, June 18
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Leslie Rodriguez-McClellon
Chief of Staff and Executive Director for Strategic Initiatives at Southern University at Shreveport, Shreveport, Louisiana

Brief biographies for each candidate are below.

Choosing the candidates with the best fit for Mountain View Campus and its community is our goal.  After these forums, we will review feedback from the community in order to select the next president of the Mountain View Campus.

Thank you again for your support and patience throughout this important process.

 
 
 

Dr. Maria Vazquez

Vazquez's current role as the vice president for student affairs at Metropolitan Community College (MCC) aligns with her lifelong commitment of service and passion to ensure all students have access to higher education. At MCC she has held positions as director of student services, Nebraska Corrections Education Connection coordinator, Omaha Campus dean, and associate vice president for student services. Vasquez has served as the first Latina on former Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey's cabinet, Greater Omaha Workforce Development director, and staff assistant to U.S. Senator Ben Nelson. Determined to bring people in her community together through educational and philanthropic endeavors, she has served on numerous community boards and committees and as a mentor.

She graduated from MCC, then earned bachelor's and master's degrees in social work from the University of Nebraska Omaha. Maria completed her doctorate in educational administration at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

 
 

Dr. Kenneth P. Gonzalez

Gonzalez has a wide range of experience in higher education, serving as a tenured faculty member, associate dean, dean, associate vice president of academic affairs, vice president for student and enrollment services, and national pathways coach. The hallmark of his work centers on equity and access for first-generation, low-income students and students of color. A national expert on institutional effectiveness in higher education, Gonzalez conducts training on collecting and using data to design effective student success interventions, as well as strategic planning, program review, faculty leadership development, and learning outcome assessment.

Gonzalez earned a B.S. in psychology and a master's degree in social work at Brigham Young University, as well as a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Arizona State University.  

 
 

Dr. Leslie Rodriguez-McClellon

Rodriguez-McClellon currently serves as chief of staff and executive director for strategic initiatives at Southern University at Shreveport (SUSLA) in Shreveport, Louisiana. At SUSLA, she has held positions as chief administrative and operations officer and special assistant to the chancellor for economic development. Before Louisiana, she was president of Rochester Community and Technical College in Rochester, Minnesota. Additional leadership positions Leslie has held include vice president of student affairs (Community College of Denver), dean for student retention and support services (Arizona Western College), and assistant to the vice president for student services (Langston University).

A visionary, transformational leader, she is known for her dedication to providing holistic programs and systems designed to assist students from multi-cultural populations with their academic success. Rodriguez-McClellon attended Langston University for her bachelor (psychology) and master (education) degrees. She completed her Doctor of Education in Adult Learning and Leadership from Kansas State University.