Dr. Veronica Garcia, President of Northeast Lakeview College (NLC), began her tenure on March 1, 2017. Through her leadership and guidance, NLC received accreditation, the ability to award federal financial aid and Veteran benefits, and Hispanic-Serving Institution designation. These distinctions provided for expanded academic and workforce offerings to community members in northeast Bexar County and adjacent Comal and Guadalupe Counties.
As a visionary and high-energy leader, Dr. Garcia contributed to the Alamo Colleges District receipt of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, and Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction Certification. Additionally, NLC is recognized as one of the 10 Most Admired Colleges and Universities to Watch in 2018, Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges in 2019, 2020, and 2021, one of 50 Best Community Colleges in the U.S., and a 2020 Progress Level Performance Excellence Award recipient from the Quality Texas Foundation.
Performing in top-level community college roles in Arizona and Oregon, Dr. Garcia’s classroom experience and curriculum development provide a strong foundation for student advocacy. She is dedicated and proven in streamlining student intake services and aligning academic and student affairs. Her experience with establishing an on-campus Veterans Center earned her the Service to Veterans Recognition Award from Portland State University and Portland Community College and paved the way for receiving $7.7 million in State funding for a stand-alone Veterans Center at NLC.
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, sits on the local Chamber of Commerce board, supports Rotary Club, and engages with representatives from the area’s local Independent School Districts.
Dr. Garcia is a member of several other national and state higher education associations, and has served on the Hispanic Educational Technology Services board. Voted most trusted leader two 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 holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Oregon State University, an M.Ed. in Leadership from Northern Arizona University, a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Arizona, and a Faculty Standard Certification.