President Dr. Ric Baser
Dr. Ric Neal Baser is the president of Northwest Vista College, a vibrant and outstanding community of more than 17,000 students and 900 employees who are passionate about teaching and learning. He is also the president of the Higher Education Council of San Antonio, representing 22 colleges, universities and institutions of learning in Bexar County.
Dr. Baser has devoted his career to educating students and providing them opportunities for a better tomorrow. He has served in various roles as both a college instructor and administrator. He understands the importance of leadership and community building among students, having worked in student affairs, students activities and colleges and alumni relations.
Prior to joining Northwest Vista College, Dr. Baser was the Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Tulsa Community College where he led and provided fiscal guidance to six of the president's cabinet members including campus provosts, associate vice presidents, deans and directors. He worked alongside 1,500 Academic and Student Affairs employees.
Dr. Baser holds a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma, a Master of Arts in Speech from Oklahoma State University and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from Oklahoma State University.
He is a 2014 inductee into the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma Hall of Fame, the 2013 Recipient of the Service Award from the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges as "The Golden Voice" of the All Oklahoma Academic Team Luncheon and the 2008 Recipient of the Phi Theta Kappa Hallmark Award for Distinguished College Administrator.
Dr. Baser enjoys spending time with his wife, Kari, and granddaughter, Kennedy.