Dr. Veronica Garcia
Dr. Veronica Garcia has twenty years of experience, in three multi-campus community college districts. Most recently, she served as the Vice President of Student Affairs at Maricopa County Community College District: Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) where she oversaw all student affairs operations, led strategic enrollment management planning, and was actively involved in the accreditation self-study process. She also led a college-wide Student Pathway initiative that enhanced student communication and provided wrap-around services for student success.
Prior to that, she served as the District Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Portland Community College. Through shared governance, she led several system-wide transformative changes that resulted in increased graduation rates, improved student information systems, and co-authored a $2M Title III Grant that assisted in the reduction of institutional barriers and improved access and management of related educational finances for students.
Dr. Garcia has teaching experience and curriculum development at each institution where she was employed.
She is committed to providing improved educational services to Veterans and was instrumental in sponsoring and implementing several Veteran Centers at both Portland and Paradise Valley Community Colleges. This commitment earned her the Service to Veterans Recognition Award in 2012.
An advocate for student pathways, Dr. Garcia is dedicated to improving student intake services and aligning academic and student affairs to enhance and foster student success. She understands the importance of faculty involvement and its impact on student completion. Additionally, she values partnerships with the community such as local organizations, businesses and schools to provide access and empower students for success through high impact teaching and learning and a variety of resources provided by the college.
Dr. Garcia, has served on several national boards and worked on numerous Leadership teams in Tucson, Portland, and Phoenix, and presented nationally at various higher education conferences regarding student engagement, leading system changes, system thinking, financial literacy and leveraging technology to improve student success.
She holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Oregon State University, a M.Ed. in Leadership from Northern Arizona University, a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Arizona, and a Faculty Standard Certification.
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