Alamo Colleges District Kicks Off 75th Anniversary Celebration

January 30, 2020

Kay Hendricks

Caption: (l to r) Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Mike Flores, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, Student Trustee Alejandra Gomez, Board Chair Marcello Casillas, Board Vice-Chair Joe Alderete, Jr., Trustees Roberto Zárate and Dr. Yvonne Katz, and Board Asst. Secretary Joe Jesse Sanchez are all smiles while celebrating the district’s 75th anniversary.
Caption: (L to R) Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Mike Flores, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, Student Trustee Alejandra Gomez, Board Chair Marcello Casillas, Board Vice-Chair Joe Alderete, Jr., Trustees Roberto Zárate and Dr. Yvonne Katz, and Board Asst. Secretary Joe Jesse Sanchez are all smiles while celebrating the district’s 75th anniversary.


The Alamo Colleges District today marked the start of a year-long celebration of the district’s 75 years of serving the community. A jubilant crowd of alumni, elected officials, community and business leaders, alumni and employees gathered at the DSO building at 2222 N. Alamo to hear speakers reflect on the district’s impressive growth in size and reputation since its founding in 1945. Palo Alto College’s Marching Mariachis got the festivities off to a rousing start as guests arrived. Speakers included: Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff; Alamo Colleges District Board Chair Marcelo Casillas; Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Mike Flores; and Student Trustee Alejandra Gomez. Alumna Erica Gonzaba served as emcee. 

On hand for the commemoration were distinguished guests, including members of the 75th Anniversary Honorary Committee: Live Oak Mayor Mary Dennis, City Councilwoman Dr. Adriana Rocha Garcia, West Side Chamber of Commerce President Kristi Villanueva, former SAC president and alumnus Dr. Robert Zeigler, CPS Energy Vice President Maria D. Garcia, Gracie Poe and Dr. Shelah Simmons. Others included U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett, Alamo Colleges Foundation Board Members Dr. David Johnson and Martha Tijerina, the presidents of St. Philip’s College, San Antonio College, Palo Alto College and Northwest Vista College and members of the Alamo Colleges District Board of Trustees.

“In a city renowned worldwide for its history, today we are celebrating a little history of our own,” said Chancellor Flores. “Admittedly, the Alamo Colleges District is a little younger than San Antonio, but in our 75 years we have garnered not only tremendous recognition and support from our community, but also across the state and the nation, and even around the globe. And now, with the launch of AlamoPROMISE, more than ever, we are the catalyst for the economic and social mobility of our residents and the continued economic prosperity of our community. So, it’s been quite a journey, and we have many reasons to celebrate.” he added. 

“As the Board Chair and a trustee for 16 years, I, and the entire board, are proud of all that the district has accomplished in the past 75 years and excited to see how much more we have to look forward to in the future,” said Casillas. “With the outstanding leadership team we have in place, I am confident that we will continue to achieve new levels of excellence to support  the success of our students, which will, in turn, empower our diverse communities for success,” he added.

The district is celebrating 75 years of providing excellence in education to hundreds of thousands of community residents. The two small junior colleges who formed the district in 1945 were the first public, state-supported institutions of higher education in the region, offering an alternative to private universities, especially for the underserved populations in the region. They came together and now are part of a district that serves 100,000 students annually and is the largest institution of higher education in the region.

The culmination of the event was the unveiling by Dr. Flores and Chair Casillas of a plaque dedicating a colorful mural by local artist Oscar Alvarado in honor of the 75th Anniversary. During the coming year, the 75 events are planned at the district and the five colleges to continue the celebration of the 75th Anniversary. For information on these, go to https://www.alamo.edu/75. To add to the year’s historic commemorations, Palo Alto College will be celebrating their 35th anniversary and Northwest Vista College will be celebrating their 25th year!

At the Alamo Colleges District, high-quality education and affordable costs provide exceptional value to students and alumni who are major contributors to the economy and culture of our community. For more information, go to https://www.alamo.edu.

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