Dr. Cesar Maldonado
Texas State Technical College - Harlingen
Dr. Cesar Maldonado is the fourth president in the 47-year history of Texas State Technical College (TSTC) Harlingen and he also holds the title of Vice Chancellor of Institutional Research for the TSTC System. A national leader in the engineering and manufacturing industry with a dedicated commitment to community service, Maldonado took over the leadership helm at TSTC in 2008 and has successfully transitioned his private industry management expertise into public higher education administration.
Under his leadership, TSTC has improved its graduation rate by 40 percent and initiated seven new associate of science degrees and two new technology programs, including one in Wind Energy Technology. A proponent of renewable energy, Maldonado has introduced several green initiatives on the TSTC campus. A wind farm now lines the southeast side of campus and generates electricity to the Services Support Building and the newly built University Center has won numerous renewable energy awards for its design and integration of solar energy.
Maldonado has worked to expand TSTC’s reach beyond South Texas, beginning programs in Ingleside, Hondo and Zapata – rural areas far removed from college-level training and educational opportunities. He has also led the expansion of TSTC’s Academic Division and established collaborations with eight Texas universities to promote seamless transitions and expand learning opportunities for students.
Dr. Maldonado received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University and received his Doctorate in systems and engineering management from Texas Tech University.