By Rebecca Salinas
Chancellor Bruce Leslie was selected to blog for The Huffington Post because of his success as chancellor, Leo Zuniga, associate vice chancellor of communications, said Jan. 25.
The Alamo Colleges board of trustees approved Leslie’s unpaid blog 9-0 during the regular board meeting Jan. 22 in Killen Center.
The blog was not an agenda item, but Zuniga’s board meeting report states the blog was discussed during executive session.
Neither Leslie nor a representative of Huffington Post were available for comment.
Zuniga said the Huffington Post was interested in Leslie because the district was the only community college system selected in Texas to be in a project called Developing a Community College Student Roadmap.
“Given the recent history of the Alamo Colleges, in terms of awards we have received at the national level, this brought it to their attention, and they’re interested in Dr. Leslie writing a blog because of his expertise in higher education,” he said.
Zuniga said the district won the Bellwether Award last year for the planning, governance and finance division. This year, the district is a finalist for the Bellwether Award in the workforce development category. The winner will be announced at the Community College Futures Assembly’s annual meeting Wednesday in Orlando, Fla.
He said the district is also among Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges.
Zuniga said Leslie will choose the topic he wants to write about and the blog will appear on the Huffington Post’s college website at huffingtonpost.com/college.
He said the blogs will be published within the next couple of months.