Dr. Fernando Leon Garcia

Position: President of CETYS Universidad System, President of Project SEED, Inc.
Country: Mexico
Dr. Leon-Garcia began his appointment as CETYS University’s Sixth President in January of  2010. He oversees one of the leading private not-for-profit universities in Mexico,  which has three campuses in Baja California, roughly 6,000 students, is highly internationalized, and has achieved accreditation candidacy status with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Previously, Dr. Leon-Garcia served as Chancellor of City University of Seattle‘s International Division, overseeing the development and growth of CityU's programs, campuses, and sites outside the US, including but not limited to Slovakia, Greece, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Romania, Switzerland, China, Mexico, Canada, and Australia. From Spring 2004 to Winter 2008, Dr. Leon-Garcia was Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs of CityU and during part of 2005-2006 also served as Co-Acting President of the institution. 

Before joining City University, he served as President of the Phoenix Institute for Professional Education and Chief Academic Officer of Apollo International.  From 1974 to 2000, Dr. Leon-Garcia served in several capacities at CETYS University, including Chief Academic Officer/Provost. 

Dr. Leon-Garcia holds a doctoral degree in Educational Administration and Policy Analysis and an M.A. in International Development Education from Stanford University, as well as a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from CETYS Universidad. He has been a Rotary International Fellow, a Mexican National Research System Fellow, and an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow.  

Dr. Leon-Garcia is President of the Board of Directors of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration for 2011-2014, Chair of the Accreditation Evaluation Committee of the Federation of Mexican Private Universities (FIMPES), member of the Steering Committee on the Quality in Teaching Initiative of OECD’s Institute for Management in Higher Education, and 2010-2011 Chair of the Council of Fellows of the American Council on Education Fellows Program.