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AASCU President Dr. Mildred GarcĂ­a Appointed Chancellor of the California State University

Dr. Mildred GarcĂ­a, president and CEO of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), will become chancellor of the California State University (CSU), effective Oct. 1.Dr. Mildred GarcĂ­aDr. Mildred GarcĂ­a

Once she steps into the role, GarcĂ­a will be the first Latina president of the CSU, which is the nation's largest and most diverse four-year university system. 

Since 2018, GarcĂ­a has overseen AASCU, restoring the financial health of the organization and working to support public higher ed.

“This decision is filled with emotion because our incredible AASCU members and the AASCU staff mean so much to me,” said García.“I am extremely proud of my five years at AASCU as we have made incredible achievements in moving the association forward. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to serve as CSU chancellor allows me to continue my deep commitment to serving the new majority of students – low-income, first-generation, and/or students of color –and to expand their access to postsecondary education. I know I stand on the shoulders of higher education pioneers and trailblazers who have shaped me to become the person I am today.”

GarcĂ­a has previously been president of Cal State Fullerton, president of CSU Dominguez Hills, and CEO of Berkeley College.

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities applauded the appointment.

“Dr. GarcĂ­a 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 Dr. 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. GarcĂ­a on her appointment."        

GarcĂ­a holds an associate degree from New York City Community College, a bachelor's in business education from Bernard M. Baruch College; a master's in business education from New York University; and a master's and a doctorate in higher education administration from Columbia University.

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