Associate Vice President Makes Lasting Impact

Rudy and Kay Garcia

Kay and Rudy Garcia

Rudy and Kay Garcia are known across Colorado State University and the Fort Collins community for their integrity, support, work ethic, and deep-rooted passion for the Rams.

Rudy graduated in 1981 from CSU with a B.S. in business administration and has spent the last 35 years playing an integral role in all areas of finance and operations, both at the college and central levels. He is currently senior associate vice president for operations for University Advancement.

Kay, his wife of 32 years and a friend to the University, has a distinguished career in retail banking, most recently serving as director of branch banking for First National Bank.

The Garcias put a lot of thought and time into creating their legacy. After working with the Office of Gift Planning, they decided to move forward with a fellowship in the Warner College of Natural Resources. A few years later, they increased their support by adding two scholarship endowments. One, in the College of Business, ensures financial need is not an impediment for students with academic and leadership potential to excel as future business leaders. The other is an athletics scholarship benefiting students participating in intercollegiate athletics at CSU.

Both Rudy and Kay have a deep appreciation for how difficult it is for our student-athletes to succeed on the playing field and in the classroom. "It's quite obvious that athletics revenue doesn't come close to covering student-athletes' expenses," Rudy says. The Garcias feel "by establishing the athletics endowed fund, they are making a lasting impact on the lives of CSU student-athletes."

In addition to their legacy, the Garcias make annual cash gifts supporting students and programs across campus.

Like the Garcias, you can create a legacy and support students through a gift in your estate plan. To learn more, please contact the Office of Gift Planning at (970) 491-4254 or