Humanities Texas congratulates board member Dr. Juliet V. García on her selection by President-elect Barack Obama for his presidential transition team. García is the president of the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College.

"I consider public service to be our highest calling; so I am greatly honored to have been invited to take part in the historic transition of our young democracy," García said in a written statement to The Brownsville Herald, the newspaper reported on October 5 in an online story.

Obama and García met during his campaign in February when he visited The UTB/TSC campus to meet with faith-based groups and students. Dr. García is the first Mexican American woman in the nation to become president of a four-year college or university. She has won numerous state and national awards in recognition of her professional achievements and contributions to her community.

Humanities Texas Executive Director Michael L. Gillette appreciates Dr. García’s contributions to Humanities Texas and our state. “This distinguished academic leader will bring invaluable insights and perspectives to the assignment of shaping the next presidential administration,” said Gillette.