Christian Garcia

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Christian Garcia,
Associate Dean & Executive Director

 

I often say, “I don’t take myself too seriously, but I take the work I do very seriously.” What does that mean, exactly? It means that, being someone who is young at heart, I like to have fun and believe that life is too short to not have fun while you’re doing the work that you love. Sometimes people mistake my lightheartedness for silliness or weakness but rest assured, I know what I’m doing and I’m great at it. My passions in life include making people laugh, traveling the world, enjoying good food and wine, and being the best uncle possible to the two most beautiful girls in the world, Ella and Sofie.

I’m proud to say that I was the first in my family to go to college and my college experience helped shape me into who I am today. I was in love with being a college student and therefore, soaked up every part of it. I was a work study student all four years and was involved in everything imaginable. I met so many new people, many of whom are friends till this day. My dream from childhood was to become a respected television news anchor (Tom Brokaw was my hero) but as I began to take broadcast journalism courses, I soon realized it just wasn’t me. As an uber-involved college student, I was surrounded by many wonderful administrators, but it was one in particular who helped me realize that I was made to work on a college campus. Before I knew it, I was applying for graduate school and eventually earned my Master’s degree in higher education administration and the rest, as they say, is history!