“The future is bright as we embark on building a bridge between St. Augustine College’s legacy and vision to serve Latino students.”
Dr. Reyes González has over two decades of experience in higher education and education fostering opportunities for first-generation students in the Chicago area and at other Midwestern universities. A native of Mexico, and son of a farm laborer, his family moved to the Chicago area when he was a young boy. Dedicated teachers guided his assimilation into English-speaking schools and created a vision for a future built on educational opportunity. He attended Lane Technical High School where his lifelong admiration for faculty and the value of service began. President González’s leadership in education is founded on his passion for excellence, innovation, and continuous improvement which trace back to his engineering roots. He earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and spent his early career researching and developing new product designs that depended on measurable results. During his time as an engineer for City Colleges of Chicago, he devoted volunteer time raising funds for scholarships for Latino students.
Successful analysis, strategic planning and negotiation efforts with legislators, business and community leaders secured President González several leadership positions at City College of Chicago over a 15-year period. These included Director of Auxiliary Services, Purchasing, & Minority Compliance, Associate Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, and Interim Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services. In these leadership capacities, President González directed administrative and operations for the institution’s seven colleges, learning institutes, and technical institutes. His knowledge of the Chicago area’s educational landscape also includes director level duties at Chicago Public Schools where he led the design and construction of new schools.
President González administered stewardship of financial resources, technology, and support services while serving in several executive administrative roles at Mount Mary University, a mission-driven institution serving one of Wisconsin’s most diverse student bodies. During his nine-year tenure there he served as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Senior Vice President for Finance. For his commitment to excellence and innovation, he was acknowledged as CFO of the Year in Wisconsin by and independent organization.
President González received a Doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. He focused his research on student learning, cognitive science, pedagogy, program and curriculum design, review and assessment, culture, and other factors necessary to achieve academic and institutional excellence. President González also holds an MS in Accountancy and MBA in Change Management from DePaul University. Dr. González and his wife, Dr. Ángeles Rodríguez – González, reside in Chicago along with their extended family.