Mildred Garcia, EdD, First System-Wide President of Berkeley College, Will Speak at 85th Anniversary Commencement Ceremony

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Now President of California State University, Fullerton, Dr. García also will receive an honorary degree from Berkeley College



Mildred García, PhD, who served as the first system-wide president of Berkeley College from 2001 - 2007 and is the current President of California State University (CSU) Fullerton, will deliver the Commencement Address at this year’s ceremony, which begins at 9:00 am on Friday, April 29, 2016, at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.  More than 2,200 graduates will receive Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees and certificates from Berkeley College in 2016, the College’s 85th anniversary year.

“We are honored to have Dr. García join us at this year’s Commencement ceremony,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College. “She shares our pride as these graduates join more than 50,000 Berkeley College alumni who every day make a difference in the world. These graduates have the educational experience that allows them to bring diverse perspectives and creative solutions to the workplace. In addition, Berkeley graduates are committed to their communities and to their passions. We know they will use their talents to continue changing the world, locally and globally.”

Dr. García will receive an honorary Doctor of Pedagogy degree from Berkeley College.

Dr. García previously served as president of CSU Dominguez Hills, as the first Latina chief executive in the largest system of public higher education in the United States. Prior to her arrival at CSU, President García served as the first system-wide chief executive for all campuses of Berkeley College in New Jersey and New York and Berkeley College Online®.

Dr. García began her career as a faculty member at several institutions, including Arizona State University, and Columbia University, Teachers College, where she built a foundation for her internationally recognized student-centered, collaborative, and transparent leadership style. Her passion fosters increased academic access and success, particularly for underrepresented, first-generation, and low-income students, like many of those served by Berkeley College.

Since her arrival at CSU Fullerton in 2012, Dr. García has been awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from Columbia University, Teachers College; the Latina Woman of the Year Award from the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation; the “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” Award from the California Legislative Women’s Caucus; the Business Woman of the Year Award from the National Hispanic Business Women Association; and the Local VIET Heroes Award from the Vietnam Foundation. She is also a much sought-after speaker as well as an author, academic researcher, and consultant in the policy work of higher education organizations around the world.

Dr. García was appointed to serve on the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics by President Barack Obama, the Air University’s Board of Visitors by the U.S. Secretary of Defense, and the Committee on Measures of Student Success by the U.S. Secretary of Education. Additionally, she served on the American Council on Education’s Board, and is a founding board member of the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships. She presently sits on the Board of the Orange County United Way, the Association of Public & Land Grant Universities, and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

A first-generation college student, Dr. García earned an EdD and an MA, both in Higher Education Administration, from Columbia University, Teachers College; an MA in Business Education/Higher Education from New York University; a BS in Business Education from Baruch College, City University of New York; and an AAS from New York City Community College.

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,300 students – including more than 700 international students – in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers a Master of Business Administration degree in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.

Berkeley College has five New Jersey locations – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three locations – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College one of the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Degrees for the third consecutive year, and as one of the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Degrees for veterans, for the second consecutive year. The website address is

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