Ray Garcia, Ed.D., Professor & Ed. D. Program Lead DeveloperThroughout his over 30 years of experience in public and higher education, Ray Garcia, Ed.D. has worked in a variety of administrative capacities including: Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Educational Leadership in California State University East Bay, Dean of a Corporate University, Chief Academic Officer in an urban school district, Executive Director for Information Technology, Director of Accountability, Director of Staff Development as well as a Knowledge and Evaluation Manager for a non-profit in San Francisco. He began his educational career as an elementary and middle school teacher and subsequently assumed the role of school principal. The focus of Dr. Garcia’s career is working with teachers, principals and district leaders on the school improvement process.

His work with school leaders concentrates on approaches to sustaining school improvement efforts for English Language Learners, leadership training on optimizing staff commitment, and diversity training on leveraging cultural traits for enhancing school performance.

Dr. Garcia’s research interests target the building of leadership capacity to transform entrenched organizational patterns into potent new ways of being and doing in educational settings. In addition to his current book on Bridging the English Learner Achievement Gap, he has published in scholarly journals and is a noted speaker and trainer at national and state forums. His work is guided by the philosophy that leaders can readily take action to alter a school’s culture belief system by creating experiences to achieve desired results.

Ray Garcia, Ed.D.
Professor & Ed. D. Program Lead Developer
University of St. Thomas School of Education and Human Services