Dr. Patrick Valdez is an accomplished higher education executive with over 20 years of experience in developing and executing academic and student success programs. Dr. Valdez is currently Chancellor and Professor of Education at the University of New Mexico – Taos. He 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 the College of Mount St. Vincent in New York City, 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—and is a recipient of the Rackham Merit Fellowship from the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education (CSHPE) at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Valdez has conducted research and practice on the challenges and obstacles facing first-generation college students, 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.