January 10, 2013 by sourceoftheweek
Juliet Garcia became the first Mexican-American woman to head a college or university when she was named president of Texas Southmost College in 1986. In 1991, she led an initiative to establish a new university, the University of Texas at Brownsville.
Garcia was named one of the Top Ten College Presidents by Time Magazine, was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement in Education, and had a middle school named after her.
Garcia created a partnership between Texas Southmost College and the University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB) that helps students in the Rio Grande Valley gain access to higher education by eliminating transfer barriers and providing open admissions. In 1992, Garcia became the president of UTB. She is continually thinking up innovative ways to boost student success, from creating a dual enrollment program for high school students in the region to bolstering UTB’s powerhouse chess team.
You can see a full list of her awards and her extra-curricular commitments on her LinkedIn profile.
President of the University of Texas at Brownsville
Location: Brownsville, TX
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