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St. Augustine College Board of Trustees has appointment its fourth president, Dr. Reyes González. Dr. González has over two decades of experience in higher

education. Prior to joining St. Augustine College, Dr. González assumed the role of Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services at the City Colleges of Chicago, served as CEO of his own business, and led the design and construction of new schools at the Chicago Public Schools. Recently, he worked at Mount Mary University as Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Operating Officer. For the last two years, Dr. González served as Vice President of Higher Education at SP Murphy, a business consulting company.

Dr. Gonzalez earned a Bachelor in Science 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. Dr. Reyes González stated, “I’m honored to join St. Augustine College as President at such an unprecedented time of change for higher education and society. I look forward to advancing St. Augustine College’s commitment to serving bilingual students and securing the institution’s future through its strategic initiatives.”

Dr. Margaret M. Lehner, chair of St. Augustine College’s Board of Trustees stated, “Dr. González has a long trajectory in higher education. He is very well rounded when it comes to specific skills and experience. His leadership in education is founded on his passion for excellence, innovation, and continuous improvement, which trace back to his engineering roots.” She added, “I am very pleased with the inclusive process that helped us arrive at the selection of Dr. Reyes González. We are confident that Dr. González has the experience and capability to take St. Augustine College well into the future.”

Dr. González received a Doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania where 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. Dr. González also holds a Master of Science in Accountancy and an MBA in Change Management from DePaul University.

Dr. González possesses a passion for fostering opportunities for first-generation students. He is native of Mexico and the son of a farm laborer, who moved to the Chicago area when he was a young boy. Today, Dr. González and his wife, Dr. Ángeles Rodríguez – González, continue to reside in Chicago along with their extended family. Dr. González concluded, “I never forget where I came from and nothing pleases me more than talking with students and getting to know their dreams. The educational opportunities St. Augustine College provides for bilingual students can turn those dreams into real success.”

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