Posted: 7/28/23

Rosalinda García Named New TAMIU VP for Student Engagement


Rosalinda García
Rosalinda García, new TAMIU Vice President for Student Engagement  

On Tuesday, August 1 a native Laredoan will return to her hometown to lead Texas A&M International University’s  (TAMIU) dynamic Student Engagement initiatives. 

After a national search, Rosalinda García has been named TAMIU’s first Vice President for Student Engagement, said TAMIU president Dr. Pablo Arenaz.

“As TAMIU grows exponentially, so do all aspects of its vibrant student life. Our search for a chief student life officer who can provide forward-thinking, strategic leadership that supports student success has overwhelmingly affirmed Ms. García as the inaugural Vice President for Student Engagement. We are delighted that she will join TAMIU this August,” said Dr. Arenaz.

García brings a robust portfolio of experience to the new TAMIU post, he noted.

 “Ms. García impressed us all with her broad and relevant experience in student life, administration, collaboration, data-driven decision-making, evidence-based practices, and a proven record of success related to student needs.  In her, TAMIU students will see an advocate, a leader, and I believe, an inspiration,” he said.

García will oversee, support and lead TAMIU’s Student Conduct and Community Engagement, Student Orientation, Leadership, and Engagement with 100+ student organizations, Recreational Sports, Student Counseling and Disability Services, and Student Health Services. 

For her part, García said she welcomes the challenge of the new post and the opportunity to return to her hometown and contribute to its development, growth, and continued prosperity.

“I am profoundly grateful for and excited about this opportunity. I’m a proud graduate of the Laredo public school system and the beneficiary of so many wonderful opportunities afforded to me by some incredible Laredoans. So many people invested a great deal in me as a young adult and I can’t wait to return to pay back the decades-old debt.

“It’s also a gift to be able to do this at TAMIU as it attracts so many talented students that are full of promise. I’m looking forward to building on the great work already happening at TAMIU and have every hope that we’ll be able to make every student’s experience as rich and supportive as they deserve,” she said.

García is currently serving as Vice President for Administration at Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) in San Antonio.  She has also been an Assistant Vice President of Student Life at OLLU.  Before coming to OLLU, she was Assistant Dean of Students and Latino Cultural Center Director at Yale University in New Haven, CT. 

Additional work experience includes posts at Columbia University, the University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) Hispanic Research Center, Universidad Nacional Autónoma De México in San Antonio, and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C.

García holds a Master’s degree, Ed.M., in Higher Education Administration from Columbia University, Teacher’s College; a Master’s, M.A., in Bilingual-Bicultural Studies from UTSA, and a Bachelor’s, B.A., in Mass Communications from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.

Registration for TAMIU’s Fall 2023 is now underway. View the registration schedule here: https://www.tamiu.edu/registrar/registration.shtml.

To learn more about TAMIU’s Registration processes, visit the dedicated Registration Hub at https://go.tamiu.edu/registration. 

As a result of actions taken by the Texas Legislature to address affordability in higher education, all resident undergraduate academic costs, including tuition, mandatory academic fees, all academic-related general fees, and college course fees, have been frozen for the 2023-24 and 2024-25 academic years at TAMIU.  This is the third consecutive year that the University has not increased these fees.

University news and information can also be found online at tamiu.edu and on TAMIU’s social channels on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.