We are pleased to have a “Latina” named Dr. Mildred Garcia as our president of Cal State University of Fullerton effective June 1, 2012. Why Dr. Mildred Garcia? Well she has a lot to offer and will be an asset to our campus based on her resume.  Dr. Garcia has accomplished many great achievements through out her career and life. I found some research on Dr. Mildred Garcia from a couple of websites. As you can see below theres a lot of experience that Dr. Garcia holds.

Dr. Mildred Garcia academic experience in 1974-79 as an instructor at LaGuardia Community College in New York.  From 1979-80, she was an executive assistant to the President at Hostos Community College in New York. On 1979-86, she was Dean of Students at Hosto Community College in New York. On 1987-96, she was Faculty Member, School of Professional Studies at Montclair State University. On 1986-88, she was Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Montclair State University. On 1988-96, she was Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Montclair State University. On 1997-2001, she was Associate Director and Research Faculty Member, Hispanic Research Center at Arizona State University and was also an Associate Professor and Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Vice Provost for Academic Personnel at Arizona State University. On 2001-07, she was President at Berkeley College of New York and New Jersey. Now she holds a position as President for the California State University of Dominguez Hills from 2007 to date.

As for her Education Experience, Dr. Mildred Garcia has an A.A.S. in Business from New City Community College, a B.S. in Business Education from Bernard M. Buruch College, a M.A. in Business Education/Higher Education from New York University, a M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Columbia University Teachers College, an Ed.D in Higher Education Administration from Columbia University Teachers College.

Wow she has a lot to offer to our Cal State University of Fullerton Campus but it’s not going to make our lives easier by continuing to attend our campus by paying too much of high fees including the parking, tuition, books, food, housing, and more. First of all Dr. Mildred Garcia our future President of our campus is getting an estimated salary at $324,000 compared to our current President Milten Gordon at $295,000 that’s an increase of $29,000 that Dr. Garcia will get more. Furthermore, Dr. Garcia will get an estimated of an additional $12,000 that covers her “housing and Car Allowance.” Dr. Garcia will reside at a house which is a large estate estimated four acres originally known as the El Dorado Ranch, now the C. Stanley Chapman House. It is nestled in the hills of Fullerton just west of Harbor Boulevard. The house sits on an elevated plane with a large backyard, a tennis court and a guest house according to the records of Orange County. It makes me think was that the reason our fees went up? Who knows, but I think it’s not fair. Dr. Garcia can afford more than the American Dream, a house or car with her exceeded pay of $324,000. I feel it is social inequality within our Campus because of sorts of fees that this going to affect us now and even more with our bad economy. I hope Dr. Garcia can make changes to lower fees and make equality happen to all students of any race. Also, by having a Latina as our President for our campus makes me proud to say I am Latino just when Obama won for President for U.S.A.

In essence, we hope that future President Dr. Garcia looks after our student needs by making our Cal State University of Fullerton campus fair and equality treatment by having affordable fees that any student of any race can afford. By doing so it allows for more students of any race graduate and will provide a more educated society as a whole and better future.

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Professor for Cal State Fullerton's Barrio Studies class for Fall 2011 semester

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