Dr. Robert Garza was appointed president of Mountain View College on February 17, 2015, by Dr. Joe May, chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District, with the approval of the DCCCD Board of Trustees. Under Dr. Garza's leadership, Mountain View College recorded its highest levels of enrollment in the fall 2017 semester and again in spring 2018, enrolling more than 10,300 credit students. To bring the college's mission of empowering people and transforming communities to life, Dr. Garza led the first neighborhood block walks in Mountain View College's history, which increased community support and awareness of the campus.
Dr. Garza has presented at numerous conferences on subjects including enrollment management, student development, and the role of student affairs in facilitating student success. Dr. Garza was awarded the V. Ray Cardozier Alumni Excellence Award by the University of Texas. The award honors a graduate of the doctoral program in higher education who demonstrates excellence in their scholarly/professional work. Dr. Garza serves on numerous boards including the Board of Trustees for Texas Can Academies and Charlton Methodist Medical Center Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Oak Cliff Chamber Board of Directors.
Before joining Mountain View College, Dr. Garza served as vice president for student success at Palo Alto College (part of the Alamo Colleges system in San Antonio). In his previous position, he led a division of 90 full-time professional and support staff members who strived to provide quality and effective student services in the areas of admissions, advising, graduation, transfer programs, career and job placement, child care, financial aid, scholarships, Alumni y Amigos, federal programs, pre-college programs (including dual high school/college credit instruction and several early college high school programs), student life, student recruitment and veterans affairs. Dr. Garza was an inaugural recipient of the Alamo Colleges Excellence Award in 2012.
Dr. Garza earned his bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He earned a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin. His dissertation focused on Faculty Perspectives in Online Learning. The study utilized Interactive Qualitative Analysis to identify challenges in online education and capture faculty perceptions about online learning.
He is married to Dr. Esther Garza, an associate professor at Texas Wesleyan University, and they have two children, Victoria and Robert.