Profile on Superintendent/President Dr. Martha Garcia



Dr. Martha Garcia currently serves as the ninth Superintendent/President for Imperial Valley College and as the first woman to lead the College. She previously served as IVC's Vice President for Student Services and Acting Vice President for Academic Services. Moreover, Dr. Garcia was previously responsible for developing and coordinating a 5.8 million dollar California Career Pathways Trust Grant, Salud y Seguridad para la Comunidad Project that enabled Imperial Valley College to create Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Level One. She has developed a multitude of categorically funded programs that focused on serving minority and underrepresented students. Through her successful grant writing competence, she has secured over 16 million dollars for Imperial Valley College, since 2009. Additionally, she has developed numerous Career Technical Education Programs that integrated a comprehensive student services approach. She has been employed at Imperial Valley College since 1999 and has held several positions under Student Services and Academic Services. Dr. Garcia earned a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Community College Leadership from San Diego State University, and possesses a Master's Degree in Educational Counseling from National University, a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from San Diego State University, and an Associate's Degree in General Major from Imperial Valley College.

Dr. Garcia is committed to making a difference for her students and her community and serves on various community organization boards: she is a Board Member for Sun Community Federal Credit Union; Live Your Dream Scholarship Coordinator for Soroptimist International of El Centro and Member of Imperial Valley Breakfast Rotary. She will be participating in Bailando Por un Sueño in October 2019 in an effort to help raise funding to support medical expenses of an Imperial County child who was diagnosed with cancer. Moreover, she was honored as one of the 56th California Assembly District's "2018 Woman of the Year." She is commended for her commitment, tenacity, and leadership to improve our community through continuous leadership efforts. Finally, Dr. Garcia enjoys traveling and spending time with her family who resides in Brawley.