News Release from AASCU


Contact: Caitlin Reilly (202) 478-4665


Washington, D.C. – The Board of Directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) has selected California State University, Fullerton President Mildred García to deliver the President-to-Presidents lecture at the association’s annual meeting in Los Angeles, Calif.

A tradition at the AASCU Annual Meeting for more than 30 years, the President-to-Presidents lecture is a signal honor by the AASCU Board of Directors on one of their colleagues. The president chosen generally addresses colleagues on leadership based on her experience. García will discuss The Personal – the Professional: Los Presidentes at the luncheon on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at the Loews Hollywood Hotel.

García became Fullerton’s fifth California State University board-appointed president in June 2012. Previously, she had held several leadership positions in higher education. She became the first Latina president in California State University history, when she assumed the position at California State University, Dominguez Hills in 2007. She also served as president of Berkeley College in New York and New Jersey and held leadership positions at Arizona State University, Montclair State University, and the Hostos and LaGuardia community colleges of the City University of New York.

In addition to her role as an administrator, García has focused her considerable talents on promoting equity in higher education policy and practice. She has published several books on the subject, as well as serving on several committees. She was appointed to President Obama’s Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and the U.S. Committee on Measures of Student success.

García holds a Doctor of Education and Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Columbia University, as well as a master’s degree in Business Education/Higher Education from New York University. She received her bachelor’s degree from Baruch College, City University of New York.

Approximately 200 presidents and chancellors from around the country will attend the meeting, which runs from Monday, October 21 – Wednesday, October 23, 2013.



AASCU is a Washington-based higher education association of nearly 420 public colleges, universities and systems whose members share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development.