Sandra Garcia has been named Metropolitan Community College chief legal officer. She will start her new position on Nov. 13.
Garcia is coming to MCC from Houston Community College, where she served as an executive in the role of assistant general counsel. Houston Community College, the nation’s fourth-largest community college system, serves more than 75,000 students annually.
“Having worked with Ms. Garcia at HCC, I can tell you that she will be a great addition to MCC,” Chancellor Kimberly Beatty said. “I was impressed with her skills and work ethic as well as her commitment to student success.”
At MCC, she will oversee the legal office. Garcia will provide support and services to the Executive Cabinet and administrators on various legal matters. As a member of the Executive Cabinet, she will report to Dr. Beatty.
Garcia’s area of responsibilities as an assistant general counsel at HCC have included labor and employment, equal employment opportunity (EEO), contracts, open records, policy, regulations, compliance and student matters. She says she was privileged to be a part of Imagine HCC 2019, a comprehensive strategic plan that focused on student success, organizational stewardship, performance excellence and innovation. As a project manager for numerous strategic initiatives districtwide, she was charged with overseeing the work of project teams.
Garcia holds a bachelor of arts in history from Baylor University, where she focused on women’s studies. She continued her history studies in the master of arts program at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her interest in law peaked soon after, and she earned a juris doctorate from Texas Southern University.
Prior to her work at Houston Community College, she worked as a civil litigator, served as a law clerk, and taught in the Texas school system. She is affiliated with several professional legal associations including the National Association for College and University Attorneys, Texas Association of Community Colleges, and the Texas Bar Association.