Vice Chancellor of Finance & Administration

Dr. Diane E. Snyder, Ph.D., CPA

Dr. Diane Snyder

Dr. Diane Snyder is a first-generation college graduate who took a curvy pathway to Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration at Alamo Colleges District (ACD).  Diane is a singer-turned-accountant/systems guru that is passionate about removing student barriers to higher education.  Diane believes community colleges are solutions providers to our communities… changing lives, filling workforce needs, and ultimately being the economic engine for our communities and nation.

As Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration at Alamo Colleges District, Diane is responsible for budgets, payroll, payables, treasury, debt management, billing, grants, purchasing, accounting, public safety, financial aid, student contact center, and facilities construction and operations in support of $950 million asset base and $1B+ annual budget.

She is proud of her team’s contribution to ACD being recognized with the 2018 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award that recognizes U.S. organizations demonstrating an unceasing drive for radical innovation, thoughtful leadership, and administrative improvement.  Under her leadership, Alamo Colleges achieved AAA bond ratings and has been recognized by numerous awards for performance excellence: GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (annually since 2009); Recognized status with Texas Police Chief’s Association Best Practices Program; Texas Comptroller Leadership Circle 2016 Platinum Award-financial transparency; GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation award; National Purchasing Institute (NPI) Achievement of Excellence Award (annually since 2011); 2012 Bellwether Planning, Governance and Finance Award; and GTOT Investment Policy Certificate of Distinction.

Diane was selected into the inaugural class of the 2016-17 Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence, a ten-month program to develop a cadre of exceptional leaders that can transform community colleges to achieve higher levels of student success while maintaining broad access.  Other honors include being recognized in 2019 by the San Antonio Women’s’ Chamber of Commerce Constellation of Stars and in 2010 by the San Antonio Business Journal as Best CFO Education Category. Prior to joining Alamo Colleges in 2008, she led operational, financial, and audit teams for 12 years at AT&T and 9 years at Price Waterhouse. 

In May 2017, Diane completed her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at the University of Texas at Austin with her research interests in Community College Project Management Process Maturity. She holds a Master of Science degree in Accounting from the University of North Texas, a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior from Leslie College, and 87 credit hours Vocal Pedagogy studies at Baylor University. 

When she isn’t working, you’ll find Diane enjoying all forms of music and the arts or expanding her horizons traveling with her daughter, Shannon.