American Council on Education honors UTB President Juliet Garcia

American Council on Education honors UTB President Juliet Garcia
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POSTED: Monday, March 4, 2013 - 9:40am

UPDATED: Monday, March 4, 2013 - 9:40am

For their exemplary contributions to women in higher education, the American Council on Education (ACE) this evening honored Juliet V. García, president of The University of Texas at Brownsville, with the ACE Lifetime Achievement Award, and Karen S. Haynes, president of California State University San Marcos, with the 2013 Donna Shavlik Award.

The awards were presented at the ACE Women's Leadership Dinner, which was generously supported by SAGE, a leading independent academic and professional publisher. USA Today columnist and best-selling author Christine Brennan offered remarks about the 40th anniversary of Title IX at the event.

"A Trailblazer and an Innovator"

Juliet V. García joined The University of Texas System in 1992 as president of The University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB) after serving as president of Texas Southmost College (TSC) for six years. When she was named president of TSC in 1986, she became the first Mexican-American woman in the nation to lead a college or university. She led the drive to establish UTB and to form a unique partnership between the university and TSC.

"It is a special honor to give President García the ACE Lifetime Achievement Award," said ACE President Molly Corbett Broad. "She has truly been a trailblazer for women and Mexican-Americans and an innovator on campus, creating a special partnership with UTB and TSC that now serves such an incredibly important role in the region."

Under García's leadership, the campus has grown from 49 acres to more than 460 acres; the budget has increased from $31.4 million to $173 million; and the total fall enrollment has grown from 7,000 to more than 15,000.

Among the many honors García has received for her work is induction into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement in Education and the Hispanic Heritage Award. Most recently, TIME named her one of the Top 10 college presidents. She also served as chair of the ACE Board of Directors from 1994-95.

García received her doctorate in communication and linguistics from The University of Texas at Austin and honorary degrees from The University of Notre Dame (IN) and Brown University (RI).

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