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CSU Trustees Appoint Mildred García as New President of CSU Dominguez Hills

(May 15, 2007) – The California State University Board of Trustees today named Mildred García, president of Berkeley College in New York and New Jersey, as president of California State University, Dominguez Hills.

“I am honored and humbled to be selected as president of such a strong institution,” said García.  “Together, we will bring Dominguez Hills to the highest level of excellence for the benefit of our students, faculty, staff and the state of California.”

García was one of four finalists for the position who spent last week visiting the campus, although one candidate, James A. Anderson, withdrew from consideration prior to the final trustee interviews.  García will assume the Dominguez Hills presidency in the summer, and succeeds interim president Boice Bowman.  The Board of Trustees will set Garcia’s salary during the July board meeting.

“Dr. Garcia’s outstanding academic credentials, leadership qualities, enthusiasm and energy will be a tremendous asset to the campus and its community,” said CSU Trustee Debra Farar, chair of the presidential search committee.  “Her strong administration skills, management and student-centered approach are an excellent match with the campus focus on diversity and future growth.”

García has served as president of Berkeley College, New York and New Jersey, since 2001 where she oversees six campuses with almost 6,000 students that offer two and four-year degree programs.  From 1997 to 2001, she held several positions with Arizona State University including vice provost for academic personnel, associate vice provost for academic affairs, and was also a tenured professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. 

While at ASU, García was also the liaison for faculty with the Hispanic Research Center on campus.  García was also affiliated with Montclair State University from 1986 to 1996 where she served as assistant vice president for academic affairs; executive assistant to the vice president for academic affairs, and as a faculty member in the School of Professional Studies, Department of Counseling, Human Development and Educational Leadership and Management.  She also served as the dean of students for Hostos Community College in New York, as well as executive assistant to the president.  García began her teaching career as an instructor of business and technology at LaGuardia Community College in New York.

García holds a B.S. in business education from Bernard M. Baruch College, an M.A. in business and higher education from New York University, an M.A. in higher education administration from Columbia University – Teachers College, and a Doctor of Education from Columbia University – Teachers College. 

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CSU Dominguez Hills is the most diverse of the CSU campuses, and according to U.S. News & World Report, one of the most diverse in the west among universities offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees.  This community-based university prides itself on personal service to students, many of whom are first in their family to earn a degree.  CSUDH offers 43 undergraduate majors and 23 master’s degrees as well as multiple subject and single-subject teaching credentials.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 417,000 students and 46,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 86,000 annually. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university that is working for California. See

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Last Updated: May 15, 2007

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