California University of Pennsylvania welcomes Thomas “Dave” Garcia.
The Office of Enrollment Management was created through a reorganization of existing staff, with a goal of better coordinating the full scope of Cal U’s strategic enrollment and student success efforts. It comprises the offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Success, and Career and Professional Development, plus the Welcome Center and Student Orientation.
Garcia comes to Cal U from Kent State University, in Ohio, where he created and implemented strategic enrollment plans resulting in 10 consecutive years of enrollment growth. He also introduced several new financial aid programs, including initiatives designed to assist first-generation and low-income students, and to help college seniors graduate.
At Cal U, Garcia has been charged with steering the Enrollment Management Office toward success with a “students first” attitude, data-based decision-making and an entrepreneurial spirit. He will serve as a member of the President’s leadership team.
“As an educator, my goal is to reach out and encourage students to excel and strive for greatness,” Garcia says. “As a leader for the enrollment management division, I know the important role we all play in creating an environment that is user friendly, caring and student-centered.”
Garcia stepped into his new position March 4.
“I am so excited to join the Cal U family,” Garcia says. “I was highly impressed with the beautiful campus and the excellent academic programs here at Cal U.
“With the leadership and vision of President Jones and the outstanding faculty and staff at Cal U, I have no doubt that we will be able to grow enrollment to higher levels in the years to come.”