Chancellor Joe Garcia was formally inducted into the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Hall of Champions on October 26, 2020, honoring his career-long commitment to advancing equitable outcomes in education and the workforce for Hispanic students and those who face “invisible challenges.”
Founded in 1986, HACU is the only national association representing existing and emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). HACU established the Hall of Champions in 2011 to honor those who “embody the mission of the Association through exemplary efforts ‘To Champion Hispanic Success in Higher Education.’” Chancellor Garcia will be joining 15 others on this distinguished list of leaders.
Before arriving as the Chancellor of CCCS, Joe Garcia served in a variety of leadership positions including president of both a community college and a university, head of the state department of higher education, Lieutenant Governor of Colorado, and head of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE). In each position, he advocated for Hispanics and people of color as he continues to do as Chancellor of the Colorado Community College System.
Over the last two years, Chancellor Garcia has not slowed his efforts. In this short time, he has done much to ensure equitable outcomes for all CCCS students. Those efforts include:
We are so proud of our Chancellor and his achievements and are excited for his continued leadership.