California State University-Fullerton President Mildred García is among 25 top education leaders recognized this month as “Hispanic Leaders and Role Models in Higher Education” by Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine.

Garcia’s listing notes that since her arrival at CSUF in 2012, the university’s six-year graduation rates have risen 24% and the achievement gap between minority students and their campus peers has dropped significantly.

CSUF is the fourth largest university in the state, serving nearly 39,000 students and with an operating budget of almost $500 million.

García was previously president of California State University-Dominguez Hills. She was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and to the Committee on Measures of Student Success by the Secretary of Education.