Dr. Arthur Q. Tyler is the former chancellor of City College of San Francisco and served from 2013 to 2015. He led the restoration of the college’s accreditation, which had been terminated in 2012. He also restored the college’s financial bond rating from BBB to A+ and returned over $48 million to the taxpayers and balanced the budget. His experience leading community colleges in Sacramento, Los Angeles, and Houston, combined with his expertise in fiscal and accreditation matters make him uniquely qualified to lead educational institutions.
Dr. Tyler from 2007 until 2013 served as Deputy Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer of the Houston Community College System (HCC), which operates six community colleges and serves more than 75,000 students in the greater Houston area. Dr. Tyler was responsible for leading the daily operations of the Houston Community Colleges System, including academic affairs, workforce development, student services and support, facilities and construction and finance and budget. During his tenure, he helped pass a $425 million general obligation bond, managed more than $750M in construction funds, and annexed two communities into the district’s taxing authority. He was directly responsible for creating the partnership between the Alief Unified School District, HCC, and UT-Tyler’s School of Engineering, which made engineering degrees affordable.
He also has a decade of experience serving California community colleges. Dr. Tyler served as President of Sacramento City College from 2005 to 2007; was the Special Trustee tasked to oversee the Compton Community College District from 2004 to 2005; and served as Vice President of Administration, Los Angeles City College (1997-2004).
Dr. Tyler has been a leader in Minority Male STEM initiatives, a visiting scholar and lecturer at the University of Texas-Austin Community College Leadership Program, and is a frequent presenter at national conferences like American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). As an innovator, he was selected to lead U.S. educational teams to create community college systems in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, The Kingdom of Tonga, and Vietnam. Dr. Tyler continues to publish and teach various subjects including business and doctoral research. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Texas Austin.
Prior to starting a career in higher education, he had been a President, COO, and CFO for electronic engineering and manufacturing companies. He served for more than 20 years in the United States Air Force and Joint Military Commands. He served as a Special Agent and as an Anti-terrorism Manager for the Air Force. He developed a 5-year plan for the first worldwide human asset protection program that became a model for the Department of Defense. He served as an advisor for two Commander-in-Chiefs responsible for activities in the Middle East. Among his honors, Dr. Tyler earned a U.S. Air Force Airman’s Medal for heroism and valor, and the Meritorious Service Award.Dr. Tyler has a BS in Business (University of Maryland), a MA in National Security Affairs vis-à-vis the Middle East (with Distinction) (U.S. Naval Post Graduate School), a Doctorate in Organizational Management and Leadership (University of Phoenix).
Dr. Parras, founder of Parras Grande & Associates, LLC, and co-founder of Parras Tyler & Associates, LLC, which are two Houston, based companies focused on international business development and education consulting. Her clients include large and small businesses, non-profits, universities, colleges, and public and private K-12 schools in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East.
She was the President of Campus and Centers for City College of San Francisco where she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the main Campus and 8 major centers, which serves more than 75,000 students annually, with more than 1,200 international students from over 75 countries. In addition to the five (5) Center Deans who reported to her, she also supervised the Deans and Managers responsible for Student Outreach and Recruitment, Student Activities and Government, Student Health, Facilities Maintenance, Bookstore, and Police operations. She is also the CEO of the DeBakey High School for Health Professions at Qatar, an outstanding award-winning private 5-12th grade school of 400 international students in Doha, Qatar.
Prior to her arrival at CCSF, Dr. Parras held three positions of increasing responsibility at Houston Community College (HCC). As the College Operations Officer (COO) for HCC Northwest College, which had over 22,000 unduplicated student enrollments in the Fall semester, or about 54,000 students annually, she was responsible for student support, finance and budget, facilities, administrative and business offices, HR, police and security, emergency operations, and planning for the college’s four campuses. She managed operations and resources totaling more than $50 million in construction and maintenance efforts of about $15 million annually. Additionally, she was responsible for coordinating over $75 million in capital bond projects. She was a member of the district Operations Council, Planning and Budget Committee, and Bond Facilities Committee. She also participated in two successful tax district annexation campaigns that brought more than $30 million into the district annually and a successful $425 million Capital Bond campaign approved by the voters in 2012.
Dr. Parras served as Executive Director - Financial and Budgetary Control and was responsible for financial planning, budgetary controls, and auxiliary services for the HCC System to approve and manage budgets of more than $290 million annually and auxiliary operations that netted $15 million annually. Prior to this role, she was the Director of Building Operations before becoming Executive Director of Financial and Budgetary Control, responsible for system wide construction project planning, maintenance operations and janitorial services for over 4 million square feet at 22 operating locations for six colleges throughout the greater Houston area.
Prior to joining HCC, Dr. Parras held several leadership positions in Florida and Texas within the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Chartered Associations. As the Executive Vice President in two of these statewide Associations, where she led and motivated others to improve operations. During her career in real estate, she garnered several designations related to the real estate industry in topics such as international affairs, real estate contracts, leadership, and diversity.
Dr. Parras is an experienced executive with expertise in finance, accounting, education, and legislative advocacy. She is a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers, as well as the Texas Association of Community College Business Officers. She is bilingual in Spanish and English. Her Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) was awarded from Walden University. She has an MBA from the University of St. Thomas and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Regis University.