FLAGSTAFF, AZ. -- Patricia A. Garcia was sworn in as an appointed member of the Coconino Community College District Governing Board at the November 18th meeting by Cecilia Owen, Coconino County Superintendant of Schools. Garcia represents District 2 of Coconino County and is now a part of the five member board that governs the college on behalf of Coconino County citizens. Garcia has been employed by the U.S. Geological Survey since 1978, where she is currently Computer Scientist serving as a member of NASA’s Planetary Data System (PDS) Imaging Node.
Garcia, a Flagstaff Native has been actively involved in the Flagstaff Community as a graduate of the Flagstaff Leadership Program, Flagstaff 20/20 Vision Task Force Member, United Way Board Member and Past President and Coconino County Planning and Zoning Commissioner, and has contributed to the community by serving on many other boards and commissions.
Chairman of the District Governing Board, Patrick Hurley said, “After a long search, we are pleased that Patricia has accepted the appointment by Cecilia Owen, she will be a real asset to our board, bringing a wealth of experience in the area of community involvement. “
Garcia said, “I’m excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the board. I am a true advocate for the mission of the Community College, believing that it provides a chance for success to a broader segment of the population.” The growth and expansion of CCC is an area that greatly interests Garcia. She also wishes to help foster the continued partnership between CCC and Northern Arizona University. Garcia has a connection to Coconino Community College having taken special interest courses as well as teaching courses on campus.
By statute, the District Governing Board is responsible for adopting policies to govern the College and for offering programs that meet the educational needs of the County’s residents. The President, Vice Presidents and other officers and employees of the College are responsible for implementing and administering the College’s programs consistent with the policies adopted by the Board. District Governing Board positions are unpaid, and are normally an elected position, however if a previous board member leaves before their term has expired, a board member can be appointed, as was the case with Garcia.