Dr. Patrick Valdez is an accomplished higher education executive with 20 years of experience in developing and executing academic and student success programs. He has served as the Dean of the Undergraduate College and Associate Professor of the College of Mount St. Vincent in New York City since 2014. Dr. Valdez is currently Chief Executive Officer of the University of New Mexico’s branch campus in Taos, New Mexico.

Dr. Valdez is a graduate of St. Edward’s University with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies, a master’s degree in student personnel administration from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a doctorate in higher education administration from The University of Texas at Austin. He has held senior level positions at St. Edward’s University, the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and CUNY-Lehman College developing and executing academic and student success programs.

Nationally, Valdez has conducted research on the challenges and obstacles facing first-generation college students and given presentations on executive leadership, African American faculty experience at a tier one university, increasing the number of underrepresented students in STEM, and bridging the gap between higher education and the community. His current research focuses on the policy formation of Hispanic-Serving Institution legislation and the role that HSIs will play in educating the nation’s fastest growing student population.