Juliet V. García, Ph.D.President
The University of Texas at Brownsville
Biomedical Research Prof. Bldg.
Juliet V. García joined The University of Texas System as president of The University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB) in January 1992 after having served as president of Texas Southmost College (TSC) for six years. When she was named as president of the comprehensive community college in 1986, she became the first Mexican-American woman to become president of a college or university in the United States. She was the second president of UTB and the 12th president of TSC.
Dr. García relentlessly advocates for increasing access to higher education through innovation, experimentation, and efficiency. In 1991, a group of concerned community leaders and Dr. García spearheaded the establishment of a university that would be collocated with the community college. The University of Texas at Brownsville formed an educational partnership with Texas Southmost College during one of the toughest economic times in the State of Texas. She was the only president to serve in the Partnership role.
The “Partnership,” as it became known, consolidated the fiscal, physical and human resources of both institutions, eliminated redundancy in administrative structures, increased efficiency, and, most importantly, eliminated all transfer barriers for students in the South Texas border region known as the Rio Grande Valley. In 1997, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accredited the Partnership with UT Brownsville as the parent institution, commending “the entire university community – faculty, staff, students and community leaders – for its vision and courage.”
The history of her leadership chronicles more than two decades of innovation that propelled the development of postsecondary education in Deep South Texas and its international border region.