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Portrait of Mildred García

Mildred García


California State University

Dr. Mildred García is the California State University’s 11th chancellor. She is the first Latina to serve not only as the CSU’s chancellor, but also as a four-year university system head. Prior to her appointment as chancellor, she served as president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities since 2018, where she was a strong and internationally renowned advocate for public higher education, working to influence federal policy and regulations on behalf of 350 member colleges and universities. She is the first Latina to lead one of the six presidentially based higher education associations in Washington, DC. She previously served as president of Cal State Fullerton, president of CSU Dominguez Hills, and CEO of Berkeley College; and has held both academic and senior-level positions at Arizona State University; Montclair State University; Pennsylvania State University; Teachers College, Columbia University; and the Hostos, LaGuardia, and City Colleges of the City University of New York. A recipient of myriad awards and honors, she has served on several advisory boards, including the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and the Committee on Measures of Student Success. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration at Baruch College, her master’s degrees in education at New York University and Columbia University, and her PhD at Columbia University.