The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina


Vice President for Finance

Joseph Garcia, Citadel Vice President for FinanceColonel Joseph L. Garcia, SCM
Vice President for Finance
Phone: (843) 953-5533
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On December 2nd, 2013, Joseph Garcia assumed duties as the Vice President for Finance/Chief Financial Officer. Colonel Garcia works with the President and his senior leadership team to enhance the financial strength of the College. The Vice President for Finance works strategically and collaboratively to enhance the College’s financial strength through analysis, innovative ideas, cost-effective approaches, high quality budgeting and monitoring, accurate accounting and tax compliance, and useful reporting required to support sound decision-making.

A previous three-time CFO, Garcia has been responsible for the strategic development and oversight of budgets ranging from $20 million to $4 billion during his career. Most recently, Garcia served as the CFO for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service, in Washington, D.C. Garcia spent 28 years in the Air Force where he served as a squadron commander, spent a tour at the Pentagon, was deployed in the Middle East, and served in numerous overseas assignments including South Korea and Germany. While assigned to the U.S. Air Force Academy, he taught a leadership course to upper-division cadets, in addition to being a Military Training Director and a Regional Director of Admissions. He retired in 2004 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Garcia holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arizona, an MBA from the University of Central Oklahoma and an Executive Masters in Leadership from Georgetown University. His awards include the Federal Woman's Program “Male Boss of the Year”, Department of Defense Comptroller of the Year, and a Superior Mission Achievement award from the Department of Homeland Security. He is a Certified Government Financial Manager. He and his wife Brenda are proud grandparents of 13 grandchildren.

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