FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 12, 2023
SAN ANTONIO – The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities wholeheartedly applauds the appointment of Mildred Garcia, Ed.D., former president of Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State Fullerton and current president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, as the first Latina to serve as chancellor of the 23-campus California State University system.
“Dr. Garcia has been a long-time partner with HACU as a leader of higher education institutions, and as a passionate advocate of equity and opportunity for students across the country,” said HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores. “She is the ideal choice for one of the most important higher education leadership roles in not just California but the entire country. We applaud the CSU Board of Trustees’ decision on the excellent choice of a highly qualified leader and congratulate Dr. Garcia on her appointment."
Garcia was also the first Latina to lead a Cal State University in the history of the system. Her work has included serving on President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, as president of Berkeley College, and academic and senior position at other universities including Arizona State University, Montclair State University, Pennsylvania State University and Columbia University.
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, founded in 1986, represents more than 500 colleges and universities in the United States, D.C, Puerto Rico, Latin America, Spain, and school districts throughout the U.S. HACU is the only national association representing existing and emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). The Association’s headquarters are in San Antonio, Texas, with regional offices in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento, California.