This year's keynote speaker for the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Birthday Luncheon will be newly elected Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi President and CEO Dr. Kelly Quintanilla.

The birthday luncheon tradition began back in 2014 to raise money for the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Foundation, which supports higher education with scholarships and tuition assistance.

"It's also a personal honor to work with Cecilia and Jim Akers and the entire Foundation for carrying Dr. Garcia's legacy forward and making sure people know about him," Quintanilla said. "It's an honor on many levels."

The fifth annual birthday luncheon is set for Jan. 17.

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