Rincones Named Vice President for Academic Success
June 15, 2023
Dr. Cassandra Rincones has been appointed Vice President for Academic Success at San Antonio College.
As the vice president, she will oversee the Deans for Academic Success as well as chairs for SAC’s academic departments. In addition, she will manage several programs, including the First Responders Academy, High School Programs, Law Enforcement Academy, the library, and Teaching and Learning Center.
Before arriving at SAC, Rincones was the Hispanic-Serving Institution Director at Texas A&M University in College Station, beginning in October 2022, where she developed and directed the administration of HSI grants and collaborated with college, university, and community stakeholders to meet grant objectives and track performance measures in accordance with grant regulations and program requirements.
She was responsible for advancing programs and initiatives related to HSI activities across the campus to ensure equity and promote a culture of inclusiveness.
From 2016 to 2022, she was the Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities at Lone Star College in Kingwood leading instructional areas through planning, implementation, and evaluation. She also collaborated with department chairs and other division deans to develop academic schedules that meet student needs and ensure that class loads are efficiently distributed. And she served as principal academic and budgetary officer for the division of Social Sciences and Humanities, in charge of a $3 million budget.
In 2022, she served as the Interim Vice President of Student Success at Lone Star College.
While at Lone Star College, she served at the Chair for Social Sciences and Humanities in 2016 and was an associate professor of history from 2013 to 2016.
She began her academic career as a history instructor at South Texas College in McAllen from 2005-2012.
Rincones received a Bachelor of Arts in history and a Master of Arts in politics and history from Texas A&M University in Kingsville. She earned a doctorate in history, specializing in U.S./Comparative Border Studies, from Texas A&M University in College Station. Additionally, she earned a Higher Education Administration Leadership (HEAL) Doctoral Transcripted Certificate from Texas A&M University in Kingsville.
She is the author of “Tejanas in Béxar: The Creation of a Public and Legal Space for Women in Texas,” published in the East Texas Historical Journal; “Tejana Land Grants: Gender and the Expansion of Empire,” in Southern Historian; and “The Introduction of Women into Hidalgo County Politics,” in the Journal of South Texas.
Born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, Dr. Rincones has a passion for helping students from marginalized and minoritized backgrounds.