Chris Garcia was a highly distinguished and beloved figure at UNM where he was a student, faculty member, and part of the administrative staff for 40+ years. His main area of study and research was political science and he taught at all levels of schooling. While at UNM, Garcia developed curriculum, participated in committee work, was involved in research, writing, and publishing, and public service projects. When not mentoring and assisting students and colleagues, he served on the faculty senate.
Garcia’s career at the University of New Mexico was punctuated with his being named the 17th president of the university by the university’s Board of Regents in 2002. Garcia enjoyed working with diverse communities both inside and outside of the University of New Mexico and as a result has received numerous accolades and awards from various educational & community organizations.
Being a 4th generation Albuquerquean, he graduated from Valley High School in Albuquerque in 1957 and is also a 13th generation New Mexican. He was the first in his family to go to college and attended UNM from 1957 to 1961 where he obtained a B.A. and an M.A. Garcia would later go on to complete his Ph. D. in Political Science from University of California, Davis in 1972. His wife, Sandy, and their two daughters all have degrees from the University of New Mexico, exemplifying F. Chris Garcia and his loved ones as a modern family with exceptional values of higher education and the never-ending drive for self-betterment.