Mildred García was appointed as the seventh president of California State University, Fullerton in June 2012. Previously, García served as president of CSU Dominguez Hills beginning in 2007, where she was the eleventh female president—and first Latina president—in the California State University system. Leading one of the largest and most diverse universities in the western United States, García has a strong commitment to multicultural alliances and a belief that these coalitions strengthen institutions and communities as well as students' self-development and opportunities.
García’s research in higher education has concentrated on the impacts equity, diversity and outreach have on policy and practice. She has served on editorial boards for a variety of scholarly publications and been an active participant and consultant in the policy work of the National Science Foundation, the American Educational Research Association, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and other national, regional and state higher education organizations.
García currently serves on President Obama’s Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, on the boards of directors for the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education; on the advisory boards of Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education and Higher Education Abstracts; the board of trustees for the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning; the board of visitors for USAF’s Air University; and as founding board member of the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships. In 2010, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appointed García to the U.S. Committee on Measures of Student Success.
President, California State University, Fullerton, 2012 to date.
President, California State University, Dominguez Hills, 2007-12.
President, Berkeley College of New York and New Jersey, 2001-07.
Vice Provost for Academic Personnel, Arizona State University, 1997-2001.
Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Arizona State University, 1997-2000.
Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Arizona State University, 2000-01.
Associate Professor, Arizona State University, 1997-2000.
Associate Director and Research Faculty Member, Hispanic Research Center, Arizona State University, 1997-2001.
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Montclair State University, 1988-96.
Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Montclair State University, 1986-88.
Faculty Member, School of Professional Studies, Montclair State University, 1987-96.
Dean of Students, Hostos Community College, City University of New York, 1979-86.
Executive Assistant to the President, Hostos Community College, City University of New York, 1979-80.
Instructor, LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York, 1974-79.
Ed.D., Higher Education Administration, Columbia University-Teachers College
M.A., Higher Education Administration, Columbia University-Teachers College
M.A., Business Education/Higher Education, New York University
B.S., Business Education, Bernard M. Baruch College
A.A.S., Business, New York City Community College