CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi alumnus, Juan Sebastian Garzon ’12, ’13, has been announced as new Director of the Antonio E. Garcia Arts and Education Center. Garzon assumed his duties on Dec. 4, 2017. Garzon previously served as program manager for the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center, where he supported entrepreneurs and small businesses in resource procurement and development.
“I am happy to be part of the Garcia Center, an organization that enhances student success and community engagement while providing service-learning opportunities to current University students,” said Garzon. “I plan to utilize my background in business to find the most efficient way to leverage resources and take the Garcia Center to the next level.”
Since 1993, The Garcia Center has assisted families susceptible to health risks and low educational attainment by providing intervention in school readiness strategies, delivering health education classes, offering counseling services to vulnerable groups, and cultivating the arts through community awareness projects and cultural events that enhance creative thinking, problem-solving and stewardship for all community members. In 2004, the Garcia Center became part of the College of Education and Human Development (COEHD) at A&M-Corpus Christi.
“We are excited to have Sebastian on our team,” said Dr. Richard Ricard, COEHD Associate Dean. “His experience in professional consulting, project management and community development will be a great asset to the Garcia Center.”
As director, Garzon will manage the Garcia Center, coordinate services and act as a community liaison. He will develop working relationships with community members, local and national businesses, and state and local agencies. In addition, he will work in partnership with different A&M-Corpus Christi divisions, including the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology to promote health and wellness education, arts and cultural programs, literacy instruction and guidance/counseling programs.
In the short term, Garzon wants to continue offering high-quality programs for families on the West Side of Corpus Christi and stabilize the current resources at Garcia Center. In the long term, he seeks to align the mission of the Garcia Center with the University’s mission as a whole.
“I want the Garcia Center to be a central part of Dr. Kelly Quintanilla’s vision of increasing the impact of A&M-Corpus Christ to the local community,” said Garzon. “I would like to integrate Islander students and faculty into programs and services offered at the Garcia Center which benefit those in most need. Opportunities for growth will arise if we are successful at this integration.”
With eight-years leadership experience, Garzon has received multiple recognitions, including 2016 achievement honoree for the College of Business at A&M-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi 40 under 40, and is currently in Leadership Corpus Christi Class 46. The Islander alumnus graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor’s in Finance in spring 2012 and a master’s in Business Administration in fall 2013.