Mildred García

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Mildred García
9th Chancellor of the California State University
Assumed office
October 1, 2023
Preceded byJolene Koester (interim)
Personal details
ProfessionCollege administrator

Mildred García is the Chancellor of the California State University system.[1] She is also the former president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) in Washington, D.C.[2]

Early life[edit]

García was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.[3] She is a first-generation college student.


García earned an A.A.S. from New York City Community College, a B.S. in Business Education from Baruch College, City University of New York, a M.A. in Business Education/Higher Education from New York University; an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University; and a Doctor of Education degree, also from Columbia.[2]


Garcia held academic positions at Arizona State University; Montclair State University; Pennsylvania State University; Teachers College, Columbia University; and at the Hostos, LaGuardia, and City Colleges of City University of New York.[2][4]

García became the first system-wide president of Berkeley College[5] in 2001 and served until 2007.[6] From 2007 to 2012, García was president of CSU Dominguez Hills[6]—the 11th female president and first Latina president in the California State University system.[7] From 2012 to 2018, she held the post of president of CSU Fullerton.[6]

García was the president of AASCU, a Washington, D.C.-based higher education association of 400 public colleges, universities, and systems from 2018 through 2023.[8] She became chancellor of the California State University system on October 1, 2023.[9]



  1. ^ Truong, Debbie (July 12, 2023). "Mildred García, champion of college access, is named CSU chancellor amid system crisis". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 23, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c "AASCU President - Dr. Mildred García Biography". Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  3. ^ García, Mildred (2013). "2013 President to Presidents Lecture". AASCU. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  4. ^ "ACE to Honor Cal State Fullerton President Mildred García With 2017 Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award". Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  5. ^ "Mildred Garcia, EdD, First System-Wide President of Berkeley College, Will Speak at 85th Anniversary Commencement Ceremony | Berkeley College (EST)". Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  6. ^ a b c "Mildred García". Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  7. ^ "Mildred García". Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  9. ^ "Mildred García Appointed 11th CSU Chancellor". California State University. July 12, 2023. Retrieved October 23, 2023.
  10. ^ "Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award". 2019. Retrieved December 24, 2019.