Judy Miner

Judy Miner


Foothill-De Anza Community College District

Sunnyvale, CA USA

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Judy Miner


My road in life has been direct.
I fell in love with the French language in high school, so my goal was to go to college, study French, and then come back to my high school to teach French.
I ended up double majoring in French and history, and decided to also get my master’s degree in history.
While in college, I became a student worker in the registrar’s office and learned that I really liked helping students through the administrative process.
I went to law school, and during that time, I got the opportunity to become the dean of admissions and records at City College of San Francisco.
I stayed for five years but decided to move on to a management consulting position at Peat Marwick Mitchell—that led to a position with the state chancellor’s office for community colleges.
From there, I got the opportunity to work at De Anza College, where I spent 19 years, including the last nine years as the vice president of instruction.
I then served as president of Foothill College for eight years.
Now I serve as chancellor for the district as a whole.
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High School
History and French
Lone Mountain College
Lone Mountain College
Organization and Leadership
University of San Francisco



I get resources and remove obstacles for a community college district.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Working with Others

Day to Day

My Outlook calendar looks like a subway map because of the varied and overlapping activities and events that guide my work in any given day. In addition to multiple internal meetings that I chair or attend as part of my CEO role, I serve on external boards for regional and national organizations such as the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, NOVAworks, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, University of San Francisco, League for Innovation in the Community College, and Year Up.

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The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"You should have never been hired but the president keeps picking skirts."