Dr. Alvarez, current president of Otero Junior College, was born in Scottsbluff and raised in Minatare. Alvarez has more than 29 years of professional experience in higher education, including roles at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, North Dakota State University, Eastern Wyoming College, and WNCC. He has also provided leadership for NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the Association of Land Grant Universities, and is an active member of the Mountain States Association of Community Colleges. Recently, he received the Pillar of the Profession award, one of NASPA’s most dignified awards.
He earned his associate’s degree from WNCC in 1979, before receiving his bachelor’s from Bellevue University in 1990, and a master’s from Chadron State College in 1993. He completed his doctorate in Educational Administration with a specialization in Higher Education Leadership in 1999 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.