President García Given Key to the City of Carson
During a welcome reception at the Carson Community Center on Oct. 17, Carson Mayor Jim Dear and fellow council members presented President Mildred García with the key to the city in recognition of her recent appointment as the seventh president of California State University, Dominguez Hills.
“It’s a welcoming gesture,” Mayor Dear said. “The key to the city of Carson is something that we present to people we feel are important to the future of this city. The way I look at the university is that you need to put together the right formula for success and she really is the right person for the job. After meeting with Dr. García, I feel that the relationship between the university and the city is going to be strengthened with her as president. After all, the prosperity and success of the university and the prosperity and success of the city are integrally tied.”
Rod Butler, chair of the Academic Senate, echoed Dear’s sentiments, saying that García brings “an energy and a vibrancy to the university that is needed. A fresh set of eyes is helping us to reexamine who we are and what we’re doing and where we’re going. Dr. García is the perfect person in the perfect place at the perfect time.”
Many CSUDH alumni were in attendance, including Raquel Beltran (Class of ’00, M.B.A.), who underscored the importance of the university in the community.
“It’s an integral part of the community,” she said. “Its presence means a lot to people in terms of reinforcing the importance of education. There are a lot of programs at Dominguez Hills that Carson children are able to participate in, that get their foot in the door of being on a college campus and make sure that they understand this is a place for them.”
In García’s acceptance speech, the new president extolled the benefits of CSU Dominguez Hills being in Carson, presenting the fact that more than 10,000 of its residents have attended the university.
“The city of Carson is the most diverse city in California and Dominguez Hills is the most diverse university west of the Mississippi,” she noted. “Our students are microcosm of how this country is changing. When they work together, live together and study together, and learn from each other, they go into our communities to become leaders who know how to work with different cultures.”
Dominguez Hills was represented by the campus ROTC unit, with their presentation of the flag, emeriti professor of music Hansonia Caldwell, and student Ashley Lawson, who performed the national anthem. President García was introduced by Boice Bowman, CSUDH vice president for Student Affairs.
Richard Vladovic, the recently elected Los Angeles Unified School District board member for District 7 representing the Carson area, was also honored with a key to the city that evening.
- Amy Bentley-Smith and Joanie Harmon
Photo above: CSU Dominguez Hills President Mildred García (second from right) is welcomed to the Carson community by members of the city council and Mayor Jim Dear (far right).
Pictured, L-R are Elito Santarina, mayor pro tem; Harold Williams, councilmember; and Lula Davis- Holmes, councilmember;
Mike Gipson, councilmember. Photo by GK