Boulder University Memorial Center executive director to be new associate vice chancellor

Carlos Garcia. (Photo by Glenn Asakawa/University of Colorado)
Carlos Garcia. (Photo by Glenn Asakawa/University of Colorado)

A veteran student services administrator will join UCCS as associate vice chancellor in the Division of Administration and Finance March 1.

Carlos García, executive director, University Memorial Center, CU Boulder, was named associate vice chancellor Jan. 7 following a national search. As associate vice chancellor, García will have budget management responsibility for auxiliary and general fund departments and will supervise five directors responsible for campus operations that include retail services, Family Development Center, Housing and Residential Life, University Center, Ent Center for the Arts, Dining and Nutrition Services, Recreation Center and Student Health Services.

Susan Szpyrka, senior vice chancellor, Administration and Finance, announced García’s appointment.

“Carlos García has a demonstrated track record of excellence in working with business plans, developing professional staff to their highest potential, engaging students and managing auxiliary financial models,” Szpyrka said. “I very much look forward to his joining us in support of the academic and student success mission of UCCS.”

Since 1997, Garcia has served as executive director and director of CU Boulder’s UMC, a hub of the CU Boulder campus with more than 100 staff members and 300 student employees. The UMC hosts more than 28,000 events annually and houses more than 60 student organizations. García led the creation of a student leadership program, expanded the CU NightRide program, created a marketing department, a student involvement and activities department, and a diversity training program. He also revitalized a CU Boulder fraternity and sorority system and provided leadership for retail dining and catering services.

Before joining CU Boulder, García was assistant, associate and director of Union Services and the University Housing System at the University of Texas at El Paso and manager of Union operations at the University of North Texas, Denton.

García served on numerous committees and task forces at CU Boulder including serving as liaison to the Interfraternity Council, as a reviewer for the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance, a reviewer for the Office of Student Conduct, and on the Student Affairs Facilities Operations Leadership Team. He also serves on the board of directors of the National Association of College Auxiliary Services as treasurer.

“UCCS is a very welcoming academic community and I am very excited for the opportunity to serve UCCS and its talented students, faculty and staff,” García said.

García earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas at El Paso and is a Certified Auxiliary Services Professional.

2 Comments on Boulder University Memorial Center executive director to be new associate vice chancellor

  1. So proud of my brother Carlos! What an honor for him. And what an amazing addition to UCCS . Congratulations big brother!

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