Office of the President

Dr. Maria Wise
Dr. Maria Wise

Welcome to the Office of the President.

Dr. Maria Wise has been appointed as Interim President, effective Jan. 30, 2020, while Dr. Gonzales fills the Interim Chancellor role. She is suspending her recent retirement to carry out the duties of this position.

She has 30 years of experience, serving K-12 and community college education in the state of Arizona, both as a teacher and leader.

Dr. Wise formerly served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Vice President of Student Affairs at GateWay Community College during the last five years.

She initially started her career at Westwood High School as a math teacher and then moved to Central Arizona College as Math Faculty and Division Chair. She also held leadership positions at Chandler-Gilbert Community College prior to coming to GateWay.



Steven R. Gonzales has served as the President of GateWay Community College since July of 2013.

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.