Office of the President

Welcome to the Office of the President

Dr. Amy Diaz has been appointed as Interim President, effective Jan. 5, 2021, while Dr. Gonzales fills the Interim Chancellor role.

Dr. Diaz has more than 25 years of experience serving in higher education, and has held a few positions since joining Maricopa in 2016, including her most recent role as Vice President of Academic Affairs at GateWay, providing leadership and support to over 160 credit and clock hour programs taught by more than 250 residential and adjunct faculty and instructors. She also has served as the college’s acting Dean of Professional & Technical Education as well as the Dean of Liberal Arts & Learning Support.

Before moving to Arizona, Dr. Diaz worked for 22 years at Rock Valley College in Illinois, serving as the Director of Counseling before becoming the Chief Student Affairs Officer of the college, holding titles of AVP, Dean of Students, and Vice President of Student Development. Dr. Diaz has taught as an adjunct in education, educational psychology, mathematics, and student development at the community college and two university settings, both in undergraduate and graduate programs.

Dr. Diaz holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Psychology and a master’s degree in counseling for higher education and student development from Northern Illinois University. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary math education from the University of Iowa.

Dr. Diaz has a broad scope of experience in course and program assessment, evaluation for re-accreditation, strategic enrollment management, early alert, retention practices, academic support, and behavioral intervention team processes. In addition, Dr. Diaz has served as a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.

An interim VPAA is expected to be named in February 2021. 



Steven R. Gonzales has served as the President of GateWay Community College since July of 2013. And is currently serving as the Interim Chancellor for the Maricopa Community Colleges. 

Dr. Steven R. Gonzales is the eighth President of GateWay Community College, an urban community college with four sites and an annual student enrollment of approximately 12,000 annually in both credit and clock hour programs. The College employs more than 350 faculty and staff members, and serves as one of the 10 colleges in the Maricopa Community College District.

Dr. Gonzales has more than 20 years of instructional and administrative experience in higher education. From 2011 to 2013, he served as the acting associate vice president of academic affairs and chief academic officer, for the Pinal County Community College District that operates as Central Arizona College, a multi-campus college serving more than 15,000 students, employing 350 faculty and staff, and annually contracts with an estimated 600 adjunct faculty. At CAC, he also served as dean of communications, math, and learning support, from 2007 to 2011, and as associate dean of academic services in 2007.  

Professional memberships, committees and affiliations include American Association of Community Colleges Board of Directors and Commission on Academic, Student, and Community Engagement; National Community College Hispanic Council, Symposium and Planning Committee; National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, Conference Planning Committee; Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development, Arizona Association of Academic Administrators; Academic Program Articulation Steering Committee; AZ Board of Regents Shared Course Numbering System Taskforce; National Council of Instructional Administrators; and National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development (past presenter).

His community involvement includes serving on the Arizona Postsecondary Education Commission, City of Phoenix Workforce Development Board of Directors, Degree Phoenix Advisory Committee, Phoenix Community Alliance-Education Advisory Committee as well as Health and Bioscience, AZ Town Hall, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton’s Transit Oriented Development Council, Van Buren Civic Association, Mountain Park Health Centers’ Stakeholders’ Committee, the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, as a member and past president of the Coolidge Rotary, and participation on the Pinal County Town Hall Executive Planning Committee and the Resolution Copper Education Advisory Committee. 

Dr. Gonzales earned his doctorate in educational administration in the top-ranked Community College Leadership Program from the University of Texas at Austin. His doctoral research focused primarily on the improvement of developmental education. He was awarded a University Preemptive Fellowship, as well as the John and Suanne Roueche Fellowship.

He holds a master of arts in teaching mathematics and bachelor of science in secondary education – mathematics from Northern Arizona University.