Dr. Miguel Palacios graduated from Pueblo High School in 1963. He earned a Ph.D. in Educational Administration in 1978, a Master of Arts in Romance Languages & Literature in 1969, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish & French in 1967 from the University of Arizona. Through his 37-years in academe, Dr. Palacios rose through the ranks from faculty member, to department chair, associate dean, dean and then president of two campuses (Downtown Campus and Desert Vista Campus).
As an educator and administrator, Dr. Palacios played a key role in advancing education through innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Dr. Palacios peers describe him as a compassion, and humble leader who is dedicated to the well being of his community. His colleagues also credit him for creating diverse campus environments that were welcoming, and student focused. During his time as President for the Downtown and Desert Vista Pima Community College campuses, Dr. Palacios was acknowledged for fostering programs that brought nontraditional and minority students to the College. He was also noted to be an integral part of establishing scholarships for single working mothers entering college for the first time.
Through this and many other exceptional outreach efforts, Dr. Palacios college enrollment levels reached their highest levels. Dr. Palacios is also an acknowledged civic leader who has developed long lasting working relationships with local, state and national organizations and leaders. He served on two national organization boards; the National Community College Hispanic Council and was chair of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. In the international arena, he provided leadership to the International Consortium for Education and Economic Development. He has received numerous awards; Ford Foundation doctoral fellowship UA; HPAC “Man of the Year” in 2000; “President Emeritus” in 2004.