President and Interim Chief Executive Officer
Seton Healthcare Family
Jesús Garza officially will become chief executive officer of Seton Healthcare Family July 1, 2013. He will continue to serve as Ministry Market Leader for Texas and will add oversight of Ascension Health’s Arizona ministry, Carondelet Health Network, to his duties.
Jesús joined the Seton Family of Hospitals in 2002 following a distinguished career in private- and public-sector leadership. Initially he headed a newly created Health Ministry at Seton before moving into the chief operating officer leadership post. An experienced manager of complex organizations, he is also known for implementing strong community partnerships.
Prior to coming to Seton, Jesús served as deputy general manager for the Lower Colorado River Authority, following his eight-year service as city manager for the City of Austin. He led the city during a period of economic and population expansion. His tenure included business development, downtown revitalization and the opening of the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. He was responsible for the leadership of city-owned Brackenridge Hospital during the time when it was named a regional Trauma Center and the city's negotiator in the lease agreement that brought the facility, now University Medical Center Brackenridge, into the Seton Family.
He began his government career in Austin in 1978, followed by increasingly responsible roles there. He also served as assistant city manager and deputy city manager in Corpus Christi and returned to Central Texas to become executive director of the Texas Water Commission.
Recognized for many accomplishments, Jesús was named Public Administrator of the Year by the American Society for Public Administration/Centex Chapter and Public Official of the Year by Governing magazine. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Texas and a Master of Public Affairs degree from the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs.