Dr. García is the director of institutional relations and a member of the president’s senior staff at CETYS University, an internationally accredited university system in northwestern Mexico. Dr. García has been involved in external relations for more than 20 years, having served as system director for advancement (2004-2009), campus dean (2011-2016), and currently as system head of institutional relations, overseeing alumni relations, communications, and board development.
Dr. García has served as secretary to the board of CETYS for more than 10 years and staffed the trusteeship committee during that period. He designed a comprehensive orientation program, a trustee handbook, new committee guidelines, an ethical/conflict of interest pledge, performance guidelines, videos, and support materials, as well as individual roadmaps for trustees to ensure proper onboarding of new members.
Dr. García has served as CETYS' liaison with external consultants in matters pertaining to governance and was the primary point of contact for a multi-year restructuring process of CETYS Board, for which the institution’s governing body was recognized as the recipient of AGB’s prestigious John W. Nason Award for Board Leadership. As part of this process, meetings and agendas were completely overhauled and elevated to a strategic plane, and committees were re-tasked to better align with the institution’s 2020 Plan. As a result, meetings are better structured and conducted in a more professional manner, attendance and engagement of trustees increased, conversations are more relevant, philanthropic giving went up, and trustees are more satisfied that their time is well spent.
Dr. García has served as a resource and consultant for other universities seeking to enhance governance. In addition to formal preparation in institutional advancement that includes The Fundraising School at Indiana-Purdue and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, years of experience in business promoting organizational development inform Dr. García’s understanding of the mindset of trustees and volunteers from the private sector.
He is active in several higher education organizations including the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and the American Council on Education. He has been a board member of COPARMEX (Mexico’s leading business organization), the Economic Development Corporation, the Red Cross, Caracol Science Museum, Rotary International (D-4100), among others. Dr. García holds a doctoral degree from City University in Seattle, WA, and an MBA from CETYS University