For over 40 years, F. Chris Garcia served as a Professor of Political Science at the University of New Mexico. Currently recognized by UNM community as a Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Garcia has earned several awards in recognition of his service to both the university and to the community. Garcia’s educational career has been an integral part of the Albuquerque community and he has worked to teach his students not only the basics of Political Science, but to give them a comprehensive understanding of the field to prepare them for successful political careers.
Chris Garcia is also an alumnus of the University of New Mexico, proud to have worked at his “dream job,” which was to be employed at his alma mater. He served in various roles in both his department and the greater UNM body. He has been a Distinguished Professor since 2005 and served as Dean (F. Chris Garcia) of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1976. He later served as the Vice President for Academic Affairs from 1987 to 1990.
In both 1993 and 1998, F. Chris Garcia served as the Interim Provost and from 1987-1990 as Vice President for Academic Affairs, and during the 2002-2003 academic year was appointed President of the University. He encouraged his students to apply their Political Science education to real-world situations, serving as a political commentator for the local TV stations in Albuquerque for over 25 years. During his 40-year tenure at the University of New Mexico, Garcia made a substantial difference in the lives of his students throughout and was driven to provide them with the best education possible.