The president of CUMU member California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), Mildred Garcia, Ph.D., has announced that she will be leaving the university to assume the presidency of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).

President Garcia has been a long-time CUMU supporter and a champion of community-university partnerships. In 2015, Dr. Garcia and Dr. Devorah Lieberman, president of University of La Verne, hosted a CUMU facilitated dialogue titled “Just societies and healthy communities: Campus and community partnerships,” which looked at the role of higher education institutions in local affairs to create healthy, thriving communities. In 2008, Dr. Garcia provided a keynote address at the CUMU Annual Conference.

“I am excited to see Millie pursue this great opportunity. AASCU and CUMU have a long-standing partnership and I look forward to working with her on future efforts to raise up the profile of our member institutions,” said CUMU Executive Director Bobbie Laur.

Garcia has built an impressive record in her time at CSUF and leaves a lasting legacy. She was elected as the first Latina university president in the largest system of higher-education in the country; served on the board of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities; and was appointed to serve on former President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

Congratulations on this new and monumental step, President Garcia!