Garcia, Rey R. Jr.

Rey Garcia

Dr. Rey García serves as President of García Higher Education Consulting, Inc. where he consults with state higher education agencies, institutions of higher education, and non-profit organizations on matters of public policy. Dr. García also advises individual higher education executives on matters related to student success and governmental relations.  He served as President and CEO of the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC) from 1995 through 2015 and is now President Emeritus of TACC. Dr. García led the advocacy work for TACC with the Texas Legislature and state agencies. Through Dr. García’s leadership, TACC has become a leader in advocating for community colleges with a focus of student success.  García is a recognized leader serving on key national and state boards such as Co-Chair, Policy Leadership Trust for Student Success, Jobs for the Future (funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)  Board of Trustees of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) ,Co-Chair, Steering Committee, 21st Century Initiative, American Association of Community Colleges García spearheaded the establishment of the Texas Success Center at TACC with the support of the Kresge Foundation and four Texas-based foundations to support diffusion of the student success agenda across TACC member colleges.  Dr. García served as a member of the National Council of State Association Chief Executives, the National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges, the American Association of Community Colleges and the Association of Community College Trustees.

Dr. García has consulted with visiting foreign delegations, the U.S. State Department, and has traveled to Israel and Latin America to consult on policy issues.  Prior to his current position, he served as Special Assistant for Education to former Texas Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock, and served as Education Policy Specialist for the Texas Senate Research Center. Dr. García served as Director of Forensics and Instructor in the Department of Speech Communication at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

Rey García holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.A. in Communication Studies from Baylor University, and a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.