Biographical Information

Biographical sketch of Chancellor Judy C. Miner, Ed.D.

Since 2015, Judy C. Miner has been chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, which is headquartered in Los Altos Hills, California. 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 City College of San Francisco, the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, De Anza College, and most recently at Foothill College where she served as president from 2007 to 2015.

Regionally, she serves on the board of directors for Lone Mountain College Alumni, NOVAWorks, Silicon Valley Leadership Group Executive Committee, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the advisory boards for the Los Altos Library Endowment and the Pebble Beach Authors and Ideas Festival, and the advisory council for the Treasure Island Museum.  She is also on the Board of Trustees of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute and Board of Trustees of the University of San Francisco where she is Chair of its Academic Affairs Committee.  For several years, Miner was an expert advisor to Hewlett Packard and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) for their Silicon Valley initiative aimed at increasing enrollments of underrepresented students in computer science. 

As part of her statewide service, she chairs the Advisory Committee on Legislation for the Community College League of California and is an inaugural board member of the California Community College Baccalaureate Association. Since 2018, she has served as an expert advisor to the California Council on Science and Technology.

Nationally, she serves on the Board of Directors for Year Up where she chairs the Program Committee; Board of Directors for the League for Innovation in the Community College where she serves on the Executive Committee; and the College Board’s Community College Advisory Panel.

From 2010-2018, she served on the Board of Directors of the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and from 2013-19, on the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education (ACE), where she was national conference chair in 2016 and board chair for the Council’s centennial celebration in 2018.  Additionally, she was an inaugural board member of the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice.

Internationally, she has been an invitee to present on American community colleges to the Fundacion Ciencia y Vida (Santiago) and the Forum on Science and Technology in Society (Kyoto) as well as on workforce training to the International Conference on Community Colleges (New Delhi). In July of 2018, Miner was a United States representative with the American Council on Education at the Transatlantic Dialogue held in Fiesole.

A tireless advocate for professional development and succession planning for higher education leaders, Miner serves on the faculty of the Executive Leadership Academy of the University of California, Berkeley and the Leading Change Institute of the Council on Libraries and Information Resources.  Invitations to present on advancing diversity in hiring have come from the Stanford Graduate School of Education, the American Council on Education,  Association of Governing Boards, Association of California Community College Administrators, Asilomar Leadership Skills Seminar, and Women in Leadership & Philanthropy.

In 2011, under the auspices of President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), she served on the Working Group that produced Report to the President, Engage to Excel: Producing One Million Additional College Graduates with Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The White House published the report in February, 2012.  On March 23, 2012, Science magazine published her opinion piece entitled “America’s Community Colleges” with an accompanying podcast that highlighted science initiatives at Foothill College. Numerous publications have cited interviews with her including the New York Times, San Jose Mercury News, Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, The Presidency Magazine, Silicon Valley Business Journal, and the MIT Technology Review.

Numerous awards include the Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education Trailblazer; Hillel Pillar of the Community; Silicon Valley Business Journal Women of Influence; Year Up Core Values: Engage and Embrace Diversity; University of San Francisco Edward J. Griffin Award, and Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow. In 2018, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution of commendation in recognition of her 30 years as an administrator dedicated to closing opportunity and achievement gaps in the Foothill-De Anza Community College District.

She earned her B.A., summa cum laude, in history and French at Lone Mountain College in San Francisco; her M.A. in history at that same college; and her Ed.D. 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).

 A news story about Dr. Miner's appointment as chancellor is available here.