Community College Administrators Fatten Up While Seeking $450 Million More From Voters

Chancellor Bruce Leslie leads a list of 72 administrators earning six-figure salaries at the Alamo Colleges.

Community College Administrators Fatten Up While Seeking $450 Million More From Voters

SALARY BUBBLE: The community college system in San Antonio, Texas’ poorest big city, richly rewards its executive class. With 72 administrators pulling down six-figure salaries, San Antonio’s community college district is among the best-paying in the nation, even as it seeks more money from voters.

We Say: For the poorest big city in Texas, there’s a big disconnect here in River City when it comes to take-home pay for college presidents compared to the Average Joe. No worries! The Average Joe will just have to take on more debt because there’s never enough in the budget to provide quality higher education.

So mark your calendars now to attend our next general meeting set for April 1st at the Lion & Rose (Park North): breakfast served at 8 a.m./meeting starts at 9 a.m. We’re excited to have Kenric Ward with us to discuss his in-depth coverage of San Antonio’s $850 million bond measure to be decided by the voters on May 6.

Republished from, by Kenric Ward, March 6, 2017. Image credit: Kenric Ward

Chancellor Bruce Leslie, $399,321

Alamo Community Colleges Chancellor Bruce Leslie leads the pack, earning $399,321, according to 2017 district compensation records reviewed by

Four college presidents follow with identical $215,657 salaries: Robert Vela, San Antonio College; Adena Loston, St. Philip’s College; Ruben Flores, Palo Alto College; and Rick Baser, Northwest Vista College.

Five vice chancellors also make $215,657: Diane Snyder, finance and administrative services; Thomas Cleary, planning performance and accreditation; Federico Zaragoza, economic and workforce development; Jo-Carol Fabianke, academic success; and Adelina Silva, student success.

A $217,734 slot for president of the unaccredited Northeast Lakeview College is currently vacant.

The salaries exceed community college averages reported by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. The association’s survey of 1,180 institutions of higher education nationwide found the average pay for community college chancellors was $238,394. The average for campus presidents was $190,000 while vice chancellors averaged $139,090.

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Republished from Kenric Ward reports for Texas Watchdog. Contact him at and @Kenricward.



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Kenric Ward
Kenric Ward is the San Antonio-based reporter for A California native and veteran journalist who has worked on three Pulitzer Prize-winning newspapers, he received a BA from UCLA (Political Science/Phi Beta Kappa) and holds an MBA. He reported and edited at the San Jose Mercury News and the Las Vegas Sun before joining in 2012 and has won over 30 journalism awards throughout his career. His work has been published in the Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News, Odessa American, The Monitor, Corsicana Daily Sun, Laredo Morning Times, Palestine Herald-Press, Waxahachie Daily Light, The Orange Leader, the Katy News, Fox News, Townhall, and others. Kenric is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors.

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