IMPERIAL COUNTY — Imperial Valley College Superintendent and President Dr. Martha Garcia, who has served in the role since 2018, announced Thursday, July 15, she will assume the Superintendent and President role for College of the Desert effective August 20, 2021.
Imperial Community College District Board of Trustees will take action at its regularly scheduled board meeting of July 21, regarding the vacant Superintendent and President position and an interim leadership action plan.
Dr. Garcia was the first female CEO in the history of Imperial Valley College and felt it was important to pave the way for others to follow. Under her leadership, it was especially vital for students to dream of achieving their full potential, according to the release.
Dr. Garcia said, “Dear Imperial County community and IVC campus community, I am extremely grateful for the remarkable support I received as a CEO and as an employee of this amazing community college. I am transitioning to a new opportunity where I will humbly serve as the Superintendent/President for College of the Desert in the Coachella Valley. I reassure you that Imperial Valley College continues to be committed to be a partner with all you as it takes a collective effort to contribute to the enhancement of this community.”
Before becoming an administrator, Dr. Garcia was responsible for developing and coordinating a $5.8 million California Career Pathways Trust Grant that enabled Imperial Valley College to create Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Level One modular, affording IVC the opportunity to offer a Police Academy locally. She also developed a multitude of categorically funded programs that focused on serving minority and underrepresented students. She has secured over $20 million for Imperial Valley College since 2009.
Dr. Garcia has been employed at Imperial Valley College since 1999 and has held several positions under Student Services and Academic Services. She graduated from Imperial Valley College in 1997 and felt that the educational opportunity provided her the solid educational foundation to achieve success in life.
“Dr. Garcia has been a transformational leader at IVC and a great advocate for our students. She will be greatly missed by all, but thankfully she has set the college on a clear path to a successful future,” said ICCD Board President, Fr. Mark Edney. “We have much to be grateful for all that she accomplished as the head of our college and for the many more years of service which preceded her tenure as Superintendent/President. I wish her every happiness and professional success with her new responsibilities at the College of the Desert.”
Recently, Dr. Garcia worked in collaboration with the City of El Centro, the IVC Foundation, local community agencies and state legislators to bring Lotus Living, Rise Above Resilient Community to the Imperial Valley, which provides student housing to self-identified homeless students, prioritizing former foster youth.
“I am honored and feel privileged to have served Imperial Valley College students, employees, and the entire Imperial County community. Thank you to the Board of Trustees and to all who believed in me and supported me,” said Dr. Garcia.