Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker

Joe Garcia, CCCS Chancellor

Chancellor Joe Garcia leads Colorado’s largest system of higher education, Colorado Community College System (CCCS). His experience in higher education, compassion for students, and personable approach make him an excellent fit for our community. That is why CCCOnline is so excited that Chancellor Garcia has agreed to be our Keynote Speaker at CONNECT this year.

Get to know the Chancellor

Joe Garcia brings demonstrated leadership and commitment to advancing higher education initiatives and access through various roles in both the public sector and in higher education. His past experience includes serving as the President of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (“WICHE”), Lieutenant Governor of Colorado and Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, President of Colorado State University-Pueblo, President of Pikes Peak Community College, Cabinet member of Governor Roy Romer and White House appointee under President Bill Clinton, and partner at Denver-based Holme Roberts & Owen, where he focused on public education law. He holds a Juris Doctorate from Harvard University and Bachelor of Science in International Business from University of Colorado at Boulder.

Chancellor Garcia’s Full Bio