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Mildred García, Ed.D.

President, California State Dominguez Hills and President-elect of CSU Fullerton; author

20 Women, continued ...Published: March 01, 2012

First and worst job: factory worker when she was 14.
 
Mildred García, the incoming president of California State University, Fullerton, is a sought-after speaker at national and international conferences, and serves on the boards of many higher education organizations. It’s anticipated that she will do as many positive things for CSU Fullerton as she’s been doing at Dominguez Hills. “A college education is the great equalizer, providing all who enter and graduate entry into the middle class. Speaking as a first-generation college student who came from humble beginnings, education changed not only my life but the lives of the family members who come after me in the future,” says García, the first Latina president of the CSU system. In 2010, President Barack Obama appointed her to serve on his Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. That same year, the U.S. Secretary of Education selected her as a member of the U.S. Committee on Measures of Student Success, charged with developing recommendations to improve student outcomes at two-year-degree institutions.

Biggest business challenge in 2012: Coping with “devastating” budget cuts.