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Judy Miner named new chancellor of Foothill-De Anza district

Miner replacing Linda Thor, who retires this month

Judy Miner was named the new chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District and is bringing nearly 40 years of experience to the top position, district officials announced earlier this week.

Miner has been president of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills since 2007 and previously served as an administrator for 19 years at De Anza College in Cupertino where she worked in multiple roles including vice president of instruction, according to district officials.

While president of Foothill College, Miner helped lead a student equity plan aimed at closing course completion rates among three ethnic groups within the school to help reduce its achievement gap, district officials said.

The school has also secured more than $6 million in funding under her leadership, according to district officials.

Miner was part of a working group that created a report for President Barack Obama on methods to help grow the number of graduates within the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, according to district officials.

She also helped create the college's Science Learning Institute, a center focused on providing students with training in STEM fields, district officials said.

"Her strong strategic vision of student equity and excellence, the respect she enjoys in the community, and her extensive state and national portfolio will take this district to the next level of leadership and accomplishment on behalf of students," district board of trustees President Pearl Cheng said in a statement.

"I look forward to offering our students even more opportunities for access and success by expanding strategic partnerships with other educational institutions, service organizations, community groups and businesses," Miner said in a statement.

She will take the chancellor post starting Aug. 1 with an annual salary of $285,617, district officials said.

Miner's resume includes working in transfer and student services at the California Community Colleges statewide office and as a registration assistant at her alma mater, Lone Mountain College, which later merged with the University of San Francisco, according to district officials.

A 15-member search committee conducted a national search for the district's new chancellor that started in February, district officials said.

The committee included members of the district's board of trustees, faculty members, administrators and students, according to district officials.

Miner will be replacing Linda Thor, who is scheduled to retire on June 30, district officials said.

In the interim, vice chancellor Kevin McElroy will serve as acting chancellor, district officials said.

— Bay City News Service

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