Mildred García, Ed.D., is the incoming president of California State University, Fullerton, and currently serves in that capacity at CSU Dominguez Hills, where she has been since 2007. She is the first Latina president of the CSU system. During her tenure, García has cut costs, boosted enrollment, increased student graduation rates and expanded fundraising. She facilitated the first endowed professorship, the Wallis Annenberg Endowed Professor for Innovation in STEM Education.
García is a scholar in the field of higher education, and her research and publications have concentrated on equity in higher education and its impact on policy practice. She is a much sought-after speaker at national and international conferences, and serves on the boards of many higher education organizations.
In 2010, García was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on his Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. She was selected by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to be a member of the U.S. Committee on Measures of Student Success and she also serves as a member of the Board of Visitors for Air University appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Defense. García holds a B.S. in business education from Bernard M. Baruch College, a Master’s in business and higher education from New York University, and a Master’s in higher education and a Doctor of Education from Columbia University-Teachers College.