The California State University Board of Trustees earlier this week selected Dr. Mildred García, president of Cal State University, Dominguez Hills, to lead Cal State University, Fullerton. García is the first Latina president in the Cal State University system.
“I am extremely honored to be selected as president of another outstanding institution within the California State University, and look forward to working together with the entire CSU Fullerton campus community as we build on its strong foundation,” said García.
The university’s former president, Milton Gordon, announced in September that he would retire after a 21-year tenure leading the school. A search began to find his successor and earlier this month, Dr. Willie Hagan, CSUF’s vice president of administration and chief financial officer, was named interim president while the search continued.
García has held positions at a number of higher education institutions prior to joining the California State University system. She served as president of Berkeley College in New York and New Jersey from 2001 to 2007, where she directed a network of six campuses and helped expand the schools’ online education platforms and degree offerings. Before that, she held several positions at Arizona State University, where she was a tenured professor in the Dept. of Social and Behavioral Sciences, besides acting as the vice provost for academic personnel and associate vice provost for academic affairs.
“Dr. García brings unbounded energy, excellent leadership skills and an impressive record of achievement to her new role as president of Cal State Fullerton,” said CSU Trustee Lou Monville, chair of the presidential search committee. “Her student-focused approach, commitment to scholarship and strong administrative experience will be tremendous assets to the campus.”
Last summer, President Obama named García to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence of Hispanic Americans. The body reports to and advises the president and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on matters relating to the educational achievements of Hispanic students.
García is an active member on a number of boards and associations, including the American Council of Education, the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Peer Review, Association of American Colleges and Universities; and on the Advisory Board for Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education. She also is a founding board member of the National Council for Community and Educational Partnerships.
García earned a B.S. in business education from Bernard M. Baruch College and holds two M.A.’s, one in business and higher education from New York University, and another in higher education from Columbia University, Teachers College. She earned her Doctorate of Education from Columbia University, Teachers College. She will assume her new position at Cal State Fullerton effective June 1.
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