President and Chief Executive Officer, Seton Healthcare Family, and Senior Vice President, Ascension’s Texas Ministry
On July 1, 2013, Jesús Garza became chief executive officer of Seton Healthcare Family. He also serves as Ascension’s senior vice president for Texas, which includes the Providence Healthcare Network in Waco.
Jesús joined the Seton Family of Hospitals in 2002 following a distinguished career in private and public sector leadership. He was president and chief executive officer of a health ministry covering four facilities (University Medical Center Brackenridge and Seton Southwest Hospital in Austin; Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital in Luling; and Seton Highland Lakes Hospital in Burnet) before moving into the chief operating officer leadership post for Seton Healthcare Family. An experienced manager of complex organizations, he is also known for implementing strong community partnerships.
In February 2016, Jesús was appointed by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors to the Bank’s San Antonio Branch Board of Directors. He is serving a three-year term that runs to the end of 2018.
Garza also serves on the American Hospital Association Governing Council, the LBJ School of Public Affairs Advisory Council and the Catholic Foundation–Diocese of Austin Board of Directors. He previously served on the boards of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Headliners Club, American Heart Association–Austin, United Way of Greater Austin and Capital Idea.
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.