The Alamo Colleges
Roberto Zárate has served as a trustee for the Alamo Colleges since 2003. He has served as the Chair of the Board, Vice-chair of the Board, and Assistant to the Secretary of the Board. He has chaired the Academic Accountability and Student Success Committee and is the Chair of the Audit, Budget, and Finance Committee.
Zárate brings considerable experience in community service to the Alamo Community College District (ACCD). He has served on the Harvard Principal's Center Advisory Board and the city of San Antonio Commission on Literacy. He currently serves on the United Way Individuals Success Issues Council and the Kerrville Education Advisory Committee. In addition, Zárate has provided service at the state level. Governor Perry appointed him to the Task force for Incentives in Higher Education. He was the founding Chair of the Community College Association of Texas Trustees and is serving as its Immediate Past Chair.
Zárate recently retired from Northside Independent School District (NISD) after a 36-year career in education. His leadership included serving as the principal at Mary Hull Elementary School for 16 years. Under Zarate's guidance, Mary Hull Elementary has been honored as a Texas Recognized School, a Commended Title I School, a Texas Blue Ribbon School, and a National Blue Ribbon School. The school received the Hispanic Magazine Exemplary School Award in 1999.
Previously Zárate served as principal at John Glenn Elementary and as a social studies supervisor for the NISD. His 36-year career in education also has included positions as director of curriculum and staff development for the Edgewood Independent School District (ISD), an education specialist for the LAU Desegregation Center Intercultural Development Research Association, administrative assistant to the superintendent for the Edcouch-Elsa ISD, and teaching eighth grade history in the Crystal City ISD. He is a lifetime member of the Texas and national Parent-Teacher Association, and was recognized by the National Association of Elementary and Secondary Principals as a Blue Ribbon Principal. He received the Yellow Rose of Texas Outstanding Educator Award.
Zárate holds a Master's degree from San Diego State University in California and a Bachelor's degree from Howard Payne College in Brownwood, Texas.