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Keynote Speaker: Cesar Maldonado
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Keynote Speaker: Cesar Maldonado


Chancellor Cesar Maldonado

Chancellor at Houston Community College 

A nationally recognized leader in the engineering and manufacturing industry, Dr. Cesar Maldonado transitioned to a leadership role in higher education in 2008. Today he serves as the 8th Chancellor of the 47-year old Houston Community College District that stretches over nearly 700 square miles in the nation’s fourth largest city.
Dr. Maldonado is an accomplished engineer, civic and business leader who became President of Texas State Technical College (TSTC) in Harlingen in 2008. Three years later, he was named Vice Chancellor for Institutional Effectiveness and Commercialization for the statewide TSTC System. He has served as the Interim Chairman of the Border Governors Conference on Science and Technology, where he worked to foster bi-national research and technology exchange with scientists across the U.S. and Mexico border.
Dr. Maldonado has led legislative efforts to create high school/college dual enrollment opportunities in Texas and has served as a board member and twice as president of the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District. Recognized by the Texas Tech University Industrial Engineering Academy for his contributions to industry, education and government, Dr. Maldonado was also appointed by the governor to serve as a Regent of the Texas State Technical College System. He recently joined the Board of Directors of the non-profit Houston Technology Center, the largest technology incubator and accelerator in Texas. Dr. Maldonado also serves on the Greater Houston Partnership Board of Directors and the Education Advisory Committee.
Through his involvement with the education community and businesses across the nation, Dr. Maldonado is actively working with the Texas state legislature on education initiatives regarding school finance and education in the STEM arena - science, technology, engineering and math.
Dr. Maldonado holds Bachelor and Masters of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University, a Doctorate in Systems and Engineering Management from Texas Tech University, and is an alumnus of the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Six months into his tenure as the Chancellor of one of the largest community colleges in the nation, Dr. Maldonado has the goal of significantly impacting the educational success of each student through a variety of programs including Early College High School, Dual Credit, online learning, workforce training and supportive corporate partnerships.







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