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News - April 8, 2022

Foothill-De Anza board declines to reinstate president

Thuy Nguyen was placed on administrative leave last fall following a dispute with faculty

by Zoe Morgan

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees declined to reinstate Thuy Nguyen as Foothill College's president at a Monday, April 4, meeting, despite a recent campaign to keep her on the job.

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Posted by KEN HOROWITZ
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 5, 2022 at 3:38 pm

KEN HOROWITZ is a registered user.

It is disheartening that the faculty of a publicly funded community college resented input from the community calling the community "outsiders". Our District voters have passed thee Bond measures totally nearly $3B and through the FHDA Foundation supported thousands of scholarships for our students. They also spent all their time attacking President Nguyen without any expression of empathy for the students who so much wanted her return to Foothill College.


Posted by Citizen
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 6, 2022 at 9:23 am

Citizen is a registered user.

Students and parents I know speak very highly of Foothill and how welcoming it is. And I’ve heard high praise of Nguyen from an instructor.

I think the only criticism I heard was about how hard it was to get classes reliably. Because of state mandated minimums that are quite high, it can be hard on students who plan, only to have a class cancelled when the quarter starts, especially if they had trouble with full classes another term. This can have the effect of discouraging a student from pursuing their overall educational goals and leaving the CC system.

But that has more to do with rigid state rules that give no allowance for the importance of continuity of coursework over time despite ebb and flow of enrollments. If students can’t count on a course being offered, it can turn into a vicious cycle of poor enrollment numbers. This has probably changed somewhat with online learning during the pandemic.

I was surprised to see Foothill lose some very effective administrative people and instructors during her tenure, including to DeAnza. I assumed this was because DeAnza needed them more as it didn’t seem as well run administratively then. If it was for some of the reasons stated by opponents, the only way to find out is to see if former employees are willing to be interviewed. But if they left to avoid dealing with politics, they are unlikely to say anything unless they have solid assurance of privacy.

I wish everyone the best in coming to a good outcome for all involved. We are incredibly lucky to have this educational gem in our midst.


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