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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, 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.



Cristóbal, R., Santos, J.L., & Valdez, P.L. (2018). A history and advocacy of federal policy:  Improving access and success for Latina/o college students. In de los Santos Jr., A.G., Rendón, L.J., Keller, G.F., Acereda, A., Bensimón, E., & Tannenbaum, R.J. (Eds.). Hispanic College Students Move Forward: Policies, Planning, and Progress in Promoting Access. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.


Valdez, P. L. (2015). An overview of Hispanic-Serving Institutions’ legislation: Legislation policy formation between 1979 and 1992. In Mendez, J.P., Bonner II, F.A., Méndez-Negrete, J., & Palmer, R.T. (Eds.). Hispanic Serving Institutions in American higher education: Their origin, and present and future Challenges (5-29). Sterling, VA: Stylus.


Reddick, R. J., Bukoski, B. E., Smith, S. L., Valdez, P. L., & Wasielewski, M. V. (2014). A Hole in the Soul of Austin: Black Faculty Community Engagement Experiences in a Creative Class City. The Journal of Negro Education, 83(1), 61-76.


Reddick, R., Vasquez Helig, J., & Valdez, P. (2012). Bridging a Black-Brown divide? Black male students at a Hispanic-Serving Institution. A. Hilton, J. Wood, & C. Lewis (Eds.), Black males in postsecondary education: Examining their experiences in diverse institutional contexts. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.


Saenz, V.B., Hatch, D.K., Bukowski, B., Kim, S., Lee, K., & Valdez, P.L. (2013). Community college student engagement patterns: A typology revealed through exploratory cluster analysis. Community College Review, 3 (3), 235-267


Martinez, T., & Valdez, P.L. (2005). Latino leadership development: Programs and continuing challenges. In D. Leon (Ed.). Lessons in Leadership: Executive Leadership Programs for Advancing Diversity in Higher Education (223-238). Oxford: Elsevier Science.




(Opening Plenary) Valdez, P.L. (2019) Presidents’ Panel. Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institution Educators (AHSIE), Riverside, CA., Tuesday, April 16, 2019.


Valdez, P.L. (2019). Elucidation of HSI Policy Formation. Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institution Educators (AHSIE), Riverside, CA., Tuesday, April 16, 2019.

Valdez, P.L. (2018). Managing Money: Balancing Expenditures and Generating Income – Budget, Funding Sources, and Enrollment Management. Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) 17th Annual Latino Higher Education Leadership Institute, Atlanta, GA., Saturday, 20 October 6, 2018.


Valdez, P.L. (2017). Unwritten Rules and Insider Information from Mentors, Champions and Leadership Development Programs. Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) 16th Annual Latino Higher Education Leadership Institute, San Diego, CA., Saturday, October 28, 2017.




University of New Mexico


  • Grand Challenges Steering Committee                                                                        2019 – Present
  • Provost Search Committee                                                                                                         2019
  • UNM President’s Executive Cabinet                                                                               2017 – 2019


State of New Mexico


  • New Mexico Higher Education Department (HED), Opportunity Scholarship Committee            2020
  • Legislative Health & Human Services Committee                                                        August 2019
  • Economic & Rural Development Committee                                                                August 2019
  • Indian Affairs Committee                                                                                                   July 2018
  • Military & Veterans Committee                                                                                         July 2018
  • Legislative Finance Committee                                                                                     August 2018
  • Science, Technology & Telecommunications Committee                                              August 2018
  • Legislative Education Study Committee                                                                        August 2017



  • American Council on Education (ACE) Equity-minded Leadership Study, Advisory Board  Present
  • Taos Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors                                                                   Present
  • New Mexico Business Excellence, Board of Directors                                                                       Present
  • TrueKids One, Board of Directors                                                                                           Present
  • New Mexico Association of Community Colleges (NMACC), Board of Directors                Present
  • American Assoc. of Hispanic in Higher Education (AAHHE), Conference Planning Cmte.   Present