F. Chris Garcia is a retired political science professor who taught at the University of New Mexico for over 40 years. In 1972, he obtained his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Davis and subsequently began teaching at the University of New Mexico.
His career at the University saw him gain a reputation as a valuable and reputable member of the academic staff. From 1980 to 1986 he was the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. From 1987 to 1990 he was the Vice President for Academic Affairs for UNM and served as the Provost and Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs in 1993 and from 1998 to 2000.
In 2002, F. Chris Garcia was appointed the President of the University of New Mexico and held that position for one year.