Office of the President
Dr. Veronica Garcia began her tenure at Northeast Lakeview College on March 1, 2017, as the College’s third President. Through her leadership and guidance, the College received accreditation and the ability to award federal financial aid and Veteran Benefits. This allowed for the expansion of academic and workforce offerings to students in northeast Bexar County and adjacent Comal and Guadalupe Counties.
As a visionary and high energy leader, Dr. Garcia has been instrumental in contributions made by the College. These include contributing to the Alamo Colleges District receipt of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction Certification, receiving recognition as one of the 10 Most Admired Colleges and Universities to Watch in 2018, being recognized as a 2019 and 2020 Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges, and one of 50 Best Community Colleges in the U.S. In addition, the College received the 2020 Progress Level Performance Excellence Award from the Quality Texas Foundation.
Dr. Garcia has served in top-level roles at community colleges in Arizona and Oregon. Her classroom experience and curriculum development has provided a foundation for her student advocacy. She is dedicated and proven in streamlining student intake services and aligning academic and student affairs to enhance and foster student success. For her efforts and commitment to creating on-campus Veteran Centers, Dr. Garcia earned the Service to Veterans Recognition Award in 2012 from Portland State University and Portland Community College.
Valuing partnerships, Dr. Garcia has established relationships with local organizations, businesses, and schools. She is a member of the area’s regional economic development partnership, local chambers of commerce, attends rotary club meetings, and engages with representatives from the area’s local Independent School Districts.
Dr. Garcia has served on the board of Hispanic Educational Technology Services and is a member of several other national and state higher education associations. Voted most trusted leader 2 years in a row, she continues to research and present on topics regarding student engagement, leading system changes, systems thinking, financial literacy, and leveraging technology to improve student success.
Dr. Garcia’s educational background includes 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.