Carlos García, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, recently announced that, after 42 years in higher education, he will be retiring on February 29, 2024.
“I wish to extend my heartiest congratulations to Carlos García on the announcement of his retirement,” said Interim Chancellor Jennifer Sobanet. “What a fun and memorable day to choose to retire as February 29 is Leap Day and only happens every four years. I want to acknowledge all that Carlos has accomplished over his impressive 42 years in higher education and express my sincere gratitude for all that he has done for not only the Division of Student Affairs, but for UCCS, the CU system, and our campus community.”
García has been at UCCS since March 2016, originally serving as Associate Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, then Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success and Auxiliary Services, and currently serving as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at all four institutions I have served at (one year at the University of North Texas, fifteen years at the University of Texas El Paso, eighteen years at CU-Boulder and eight years at UCCS),” said García. “I could not have asked for a more fulfilling career than to have worked in an industry where my primary goal is to help young people achieve their dreams.”
He previously served at the University of Colorado Boulder as Executive Director of the University Memorial Center, as Director of Union and Housing at the University of Texas at El Paso, and as Union Operations Manager at the University of North Texas. He holds a Master of Arts with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso and is a Certified Auxiliary Services Professional (CASP). He is a Past President of the Board of Directors of the National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS).
“The thing that I am most proud of is helping Student Affairs departments receive new resources they desperately needed, whether it was to start a student basic needs program, increase counseling capacity, increase the number of academic advisors, expand M.O.S.A.I.C. or build out student academic common spaces in the Residence Halls,” said García.
Following his retirement, García said he will enjoy spending more time with his wife and family, moving to the Denver/Boulder area, doing some traveling and tinkering in the garage.
“The best things about working at UCCS are the people I am blessed to work with, the students I get to meet, and the variety of departments I have the opportunity to serve and support.”