Dr. Garcia is the Inaugural Director of a Research Institute

Dr. Garcia formerly served as the dean of the university's college of nursing. He is a member of both the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society.

During the launching last 16 June 2017, Dr. Laurence Garcia has formally assumed the post as the new director interdisciplinary Research Institute for Ageing and Health at Cebu Normal University (CNU). 

Dr. Garcia received his undergraduate degree in nursing, Master's and doctorate in nursing at the same university. 

His ability to bring people together which he has done throughout his career at CNU and his administrative accomplishments and familiarity with the faculty members makes him a great fit for the research institute.

The research institute's interdisciplinary institute will be a model of how to conduct collaborative research, and may result in improved understanding of gerontological and health issues in Cebu and all over the country