F. Chris Garcia has his legacy rooted in the state of New Mexico. A 13th generation New Mexican and 4th generation Albuquerquean, Garcia maintains his status as one of the most prominent and paradigmatic figures in New Mexico Higher Education by building off of his foundation of academic integrity and commitment to public service.
Chris Garcia graduated from Valley High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1957 and went on to attend the University of New Mexico for his undergraduate degree in Government and Citizenship and his post-graduate degree in Government and Secondary Education. This would be the start of a long and fulfilling relationship with the University of New Mexico as he would eventually be named President of the University in 2002 after holding several other prestigious offices including Provost in 1993, President for Academic Affairs in 1987, and Dean of the college of Arts and Sciences from 1980 to 1986.
His family follows in his footsteps with his wife Sandy and their two daughters all having completed degrees at the University of New Mexico. After retiring from his dream job as a professor (F. Chris Garcia) for the University of New Mexico, he pursues mainly musical interests. He began playing trumpet at the age of eight and was a part of marching and dance bands throughout college. He loves to sing and has participated in several choirs, choruses, and quartets and has been active in musical theater productions. Since retiring, his focus has shifted to spending time with his family, traveling, and writing.