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CSU Chancellor Mildred García Honored as Women’s HERstory Maker


California Legislative Women’s Caucus recognizes García for groundbreaking achievements in honor of Women’s History Month.

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California State University (CSU) Chancellor Mildred García was honored today, March 11, by the California Legislative Women’s Caucus as a 2024 California Woman Making HERstory. The Women’s Caucus recognized García alongside fellow women HERstory Makers during special Women’s History Month commemorations on the floors of the State Assembly and State Senate at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.  

Chancellor García was celebrated for her groundbreaking role as the first Latina leader of the CSU system and the first Latina to lead a four-year public university system in the nation. She also served as the system’s first Latina university president at CSU Dominguez Hills from 2007 to 2012. And from 2012 to 2018 she was president of Cal State Fullerton. 

Prior to her appointment as chancellor, Dr. García served as president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), where she was the first Latina to lead one of the six presidentially based higher education associations in Washington, D.C. 

“I am honored and humbled to be recognized as a California Woman HERstory Maker alongside other remarkable women whom I deeply admire,” said Chancellor García. “I take seriously my role as the first Latina to lead not only the nation’s largest and most diverse four-year university system, but the first Latina to lead any four-year university system in the nation. It is my hope that everywhere that CSU’s students look on our 23 university campuses, they see opportunity, inclusion, and encouragement, and perhaps, their future selves.” ​

Learn more about CSU Chancellor Mildred García.

About the California State University 

The California State University is the nation's largest four-year public university system, providing transformational opportunities for upward mobility to more than 450,000 students from all socioeconomic backgrounds. More than half of CSU students are people of color, and nearly one-third of them are first-generation college students. Because the CSU's 23 universities provide a high-quality education at an incredible value, they are rated among the best in the nation for promoting social mobility in national college rankings from U.S. News & World Report, the Wall Street Journal and Washington Monthly. The CSU powers California and the nation, sending nearly 127,000 career-ready graduates into the workforce each year. In fact, one in every 20 Americans holding a college degree earned it at the CSU. Connect with and learn more about the CSU in the CSU newsroom.