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, CA. 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 Foothill College, where she served as president from 2007 to 2015.

Regionally, she serves on the Lone Mountain College alumni board, NOVA Workforce Board, and the advisory boards for the Los Altos Library Endowment and the Pebble Beach Authors and Ideas Festival. She is also on the Board of Trustees of University of San Francisco and the Board of Trustees of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. 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. She is the Silicon Valley CEO representative to the Economic Development Program Advisory Committee for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and is a member of the Advisory Committee on Legislation for the Community College League of California. She was elected at the beginning of 2018 to a three-year term as a member of the California Council on Science & Technology.

Nationally, she serves on the Board of Directors for Year Up and the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the League for Innovation in the Community College. From 2010-2018, she served on the Board of Directors of the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and from 2013-19, the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education (ACE), serving as board chair in 2017-18.  She is an inaugural board member of the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice founded by Sara Goldrick-Rab at Temple University.

Internationally, she has been invited to present on American community colleges to the Fundacion Ciencia y Vida (Santiago) and the Science and Technology in Society forum (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, Italy.

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 Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Leading Change Institute of the Council on Library and Information Resources. 

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 the 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 Alumni Spotlight, The Presidency magazine, Silicon Valley Business Journal, and the MIT Technology Review.

Her 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 recognizing her 30 years as an administrator dedicated to closing opportunity and achievement gaps in the Foothill-De Anza Community College District.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, in history and French at Lone Mountain College in San Francisco; her Master of Arts degree in history at that same college; and 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).

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