President chosen among 30 applicants
Jesus Roberto Rodriguez, Ph.D., is the new president of Texas Southmost College. Rodriguez’s new role was announced by the Texas Southmost College Board of Trustees at a July 20 special meeting.
Rodriguez is currently dean for the Business Center of Excellence at Houston Community College. Previously, he was a dean at Lone Star College System and Butler Community College. At both colleges, he strengthened programs, student engagement and community partnerships. Prior to higher education, Rodriguez served as an executive director for both an economic development organization and a maquiladora association.
“Dr. Rodriguez brings a lot of experience in economic development, and building community and business partnerships,” says TSC Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Trey Mendez. “Part of Dr. Rodriguez’s vision is to make TSC the community college in the Valley. We’re growing fast and we need a dynamic leader with lots of energy that understands economic development and how the college impacts the whole community.”
The national search for STC’s new president began earlier this year. The search yielded 30 applications that were eventually narrowed down to 12 top candidates by TSC presidential search consultant Byron McClenney. A search committee further reduced the selection pool to eight semifinalists, then four. In mid-July, each finalist visited TSC and participated in an open forum as part of the final interview process.