President's Bio

President's Biography

President Dr. Veronica Garcia began her tenure at Northeast Lakeview College (NLC) on March 1, 2017. Since then, NLC received accreditation, the ability to award federal financial aid and Veteran benefits, and Hispanic-Serving Institution designation.

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. NLC is recognized as one of the 10 Most Admired Colleges and Universities to Watch, Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges, and 50 Best Community Colleges in the U.S.

With 28 years of experience, Dr. Garcia has consistently demonstrated her dedication to education and community service. Her extensive classroom and curriculum development background has established a strong foundation for advocating for students' needs. Dr. Garcia's efforts have resulted in the efficient streamlining of student intake services and the alignment of academic and student affairs to provide enhanced support to students. Her valuable experiences establishing two Veteran Centers have paved the way for a significant achievement, securing a $7.7 million award from the State of Texas for constructing a standalone Veterans Center at NLC.

In her remarkable journey, she actively contributed to regional economic development as a dedicated member of the partnership and a prominent figure on the (Schertz-Cibolo-Selma area) Chamber of Commerce board. She cultivated valuable relationships with Independent School Districts in the area. Her accomplishments include a San Antonio Woman Magazine feature and the prestigious title of Honorary Commander at JBSA Civic Leadership Partner. She earned multiple Trusted Leader Awards from her colleagues, underscoring her unwavering commitment to leadership and trustworthiness. In 2017, she proudly received the Paradise Valley Outstanding Leadership Award for her exceptional work with Puma Pathways. Notably, the City Council appointed her as a regular City of Garden Ridge Board of Adjustment member, showcasing her dedication to public service. In 2019, she also served as an Honorary Commander at the 12th Training Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio – Randolph, demonstrating her unwavering support for the veteran’s education. Her exemplary leadership earned her the Woman of Distinction recognition from Rock Creek, and in 2012, she was honored with the PSU/PCC Service to Veterans Recognition for her steadfast support of veteran-friendly programs. In 2014, she furthered her dedication to leadership development by serving as an instructor for cohort 7 in the Portland Community College Leadership Excellence and Development Academy.

Dr. Garcia holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Oregon State University, an M.Ed. in Leadership from Northern Arizona University, and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Arizona.

Contact Information

Dr. Veronica Garcia, President
Library, NLIB 316

Northeast Lakeview College
1201 Kitty Hawk Rd.
Universal City, TX 78148