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Leaders in Higher Education: Three Different Paths to the Same Presidency

Students listening to a panel
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center

Registration is closed. Walk-ins welcome. 

Please join us for this very unique, first and only panel presentation by the most recent presidents of Foothill College located in Los Altos Hills, CA (5 miles from Stanford). Foothill’s 5th, 6th, and now 7th presidents will be sharing their personal and professional experiences and how they ended up becoming president of one of the most highly rated community colleges in the country, with a student body larger than Stanford’s. These presidents all are women, from Asian-Pacific Islander ancestry, and from 3rd generation, 1st generation, and recent immigrant backgrounds, respectively. Their stories should encourage students of all generations and backgrounds to aspire to leadership careers, whether in the lab, the classroom, or with an organization.  


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Bernadine Chuck Fong

Bernadine Chuck Fong is currently serving as Director of Leadership Initiatives and Special Projects for the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education. Her responsibilities span several arenas within VPGE, including creating innovative learning opportunities for leadership development and preparation for faculty careers, while also advising the Vice Provost on strategic directions. She joined the VPGE staff in Autumn 2014. Previously she was Senior Managing Partner for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and was President of Foothill College from 1994-2006, during which time Foothill became an educational technology leader and the first college in the country to offer credit online courses. There she was also professor of psychology and child development. She is a former University Trustee. Her BA, MA, and PhD are from Stanford University.

Judy Miner

Judy C. Miner is currently the chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. She has worked as a higher education administrator since 1977 and in the California Community Colleges since 1979. She has held numerous administrative positions in instruction, student services, and human resources at several California Community Colleges and most recently served as president of Foothill College from 2007 to 2015. She earned both her Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Arts degree from Lone Mountain College in San Francisco. She earned her Doctor of Education degree in organization and leadership with a concentration in education law from the University of San Francisco. She also holds honorary degrees from Imperial Valley College (CA) and Palo Alto University (CA).

Thuy Nguyen

Nguyen became the first Vietnamese American college president in the country in July 2016. Previously, Nguyen served as interim general counsel for the California Community College’s Chancellor’s Office. For over eleven years, Nguyen was the General Counsel for the Peralta Community College District. At different points during her tenure at Peralta, she served in additional roles as Acting Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, District-wide Strategic Planning Manager, and legislative liaison. From January to June 2015, Nguyen took temporary leave from Peralta CCD to serve as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the Community College League of California. Nguyen earned her B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, where she was a member of the inaugural class of the Public Interest Law and Policy Program.


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