Dr. Sam Garcia
Dean of Academic Affairs
Phone: 210.924.4338, ext. 359
Dr. Sam Garcia’s Bio
Dr. Sam Garcia is our newly appointed Dean of Academic Affairs at Baptist University of the Américas. Dr. Garcia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Texas State University and a Doctorate degree in Bilingual Education from Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
Dr. Garcia brings over 27 years of experience in the field of education both at the district & regional levels and 12 of those at higher education. Throughout his career, he has served as an educator, school principal, bilingual coordinator, adjunct, lecturer, certification officer, senior director of the educator preparation program, chair of the college of education (during the initial stages of SACS accreditation), and has taught at the University of Texas at Brownsville, Texas A&M University-San Antonio and our very own Baptist University of the Americas.
He credits his chosen educational profession to the role education played throughout his life, especially the early learning of English, when at the age of eight, he immigrated to the United States from Tamaulipas, México and settled in the Rio Grande Valley. As he reflects on these experiences, he will continue to encourage and mentor our diverse student population to reach their highest potential, as a key liaison between students, faculty and staff.
Other areas of service include taking graduate bilingual students to Malaga, Spain as part of an ongoing international university partnership between Texas A&M University-San Antonio and Universidad de Malaga, Spain, partnering with bilingual and reading faculty in the writing a five-million-dollar grant to assist local district to impact the level of educational services provided to their English Language Learners, volunteering with the Family Educational Alliance of South Texas (FEAST), serving as board member of his Home Owners Association, as President, Vice-President and Treasurer, and serving his local church family at Summit Christian Center along with his wife Nancy and their son, Seth.
“I look forward to building together for a better tomorrow and welcome the opportunity to join the outstanding faculty and staff at Baptist University of the Américas.”