NOVA appoints new vice president of financial and administrative services
September 8, 2008
Following a national search, Northern Virginia Community College President Robert G. Templin Jr. today named Miguel Angel Garcia as the vice president of financial and administrative services. Garcia will begin his new position on Oct. 1.
“We are pleased to have Mr. Garcia join NOVA,” Templin said. “With his strong background in higher education and finance, we expect him to make a positive impact on our organization right from the beginning.”
Garcia is an accomplished financial executive with more than 15 years of experience in higher education, banking, real estate, bond servicing and credit unions. He comes to NOVA from The Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, where he was vice president of finance and administration for six years, responsible for the fiscal management of all university units and services. With a strong background in reengineering practices, he revamped the administrative and financial functions and was instrumental in the purchase and implementation of an enterprise resource planning system, resulting in a financial surplus. He started his higher education experience as a professor at Polytechnic’s School of Management.
Reflecting on his experience, Garcia said, “I made a successful transition from the corporate culture to higher education due to a personal motivation of representing an industry that empowers determined people to achieve their life goals through education. At Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, a majority of graduating students are first generation university graduates. My personal background identifies me immensely with these students as I am a first generation university graduate after my parents immigrated to the United States during the fifties to pursue the American dream.”
The vice president of financial and administrative services is the College’s chief financial officer. He reports directly to the president and is a member of the College’s Administrative Council. The position is responsible for operational excellence and efficiency and serves as the primary support to the College’s leadership in identifying, obtaining and allocating the resources needed to achieve NOVA’s mission and the goals of the College’s strategic plan, “NOVA 2015: Gateway to the American Dream.”
“I welcome the opportunity to be part of NOVA’s strategic vision, a philosophy that reflects the growing multicultural population in Northern Virginia,” Garcia said. “My strong financial management background in reengineering, banking, bond servicing, real estate development and multicampus administration in higher education will assure NOVA the resourcefulness of a professional who excels in a fast changing environment securing the financial resources needed to provide continuous growth.”
Garcia holds a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from American University. He replaces Alison W. Baker who moved overseas after more than 10 years at NOVA.
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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America’s largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 60,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College’s Web site, www.nvcc.edu.