Dr. German Vargas serves as the
Assistant Vice President for Academic Student Engagement at the College of
Coastal Georgia. He has been teaching at the collegiate level for the past 13
years and is still involved in classroom instruction of courses ranging from
developmental Math to upper division courses in the B.S. in Mathematics program
at CCGA. In 2011 he was a key participant in the Complete College America grant
initiative that funded 4 institutions in the University System of Georgia (USG)
to enhance the success rates in developmental programs by incorporating
technology and redesigned models of instruction. In January 2013, Dr. Vargas was
appointed by the USG, to serve as a member of the statewide Task Force on the
Role of Mathematics in College Completion. He was subsequently appointed by the
USG as chair of the Ad Hoc Steering Committee, group that developed the
implementation plan that is guiding the transformation of Mathematics education
throughout the system. Dr. Vargas was the 2014-2015 Chair of the Academic
Advisory Committee on Mathematical Subjects (ACMS) and is the leader of several
initiatives including the transformation at scale to adopt open educational
resources in Mathematics courses, as part of the Affordable Learning Georgia
Raised with a very positive perspective on life, I have had the opportunity to enjoy a personal transformative journey propelled by education. The critical role that education had in my life and the life of those around me, naturally conduced me to become an educator with the goal of empowering students to improve their lives. Fortunate once again, my career as an educator also evolved, and with time, my resilient efforts to exploit the transformative effects of education started reaching broader audiences, and my vision and principles organically transformed me into a leader in higher education.
At the core of my values is a strong directive to do what is right. It has been my goal to engage and assess every initiative from this principle, regardless of how difficult or unpopular it could be. However, it is only through the power of collaboration that success is ultimately reached. As a leader, I need to clearly articulate and convey such principles to those around me, ensuring that their engagement is rooted in our shared belief in the transformative power of education.
I am characterized by a creative, positive, and transformative vision; and while I believe that my honest enthusiasm can be contagious, it is not because of oratory, but because it is well-founded, data driven, and the result of continuous thought and reflection.
With core values anchored in
integrity, work ethics, transparency and respect, and with the natural
traits of creativity and innovation, I have also had the opportunity to develop
a robust leadership
skillset both through experience and training at the state and national level.
In my growth as a leader, I have gained the ability to embrace conflict, and developed the capacity to
cultivate leadership in
others through coaching, mentoring and by fostering a work environment that is
empowering and of
great participation and inclusion.