Biographical Information

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

Judy C. Miner is 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 NOVA Workforce Board and the advisory boards for the Los Altos Library Endowment; San Francisco Opera Education Programs; and the Pebble Beach Authors and Ideas Festival.  She is also on the Board of Trustees of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute and served for several years as 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.  Miner is the Silicon Valley CEO representative to the Economic Development and 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.

Nationally, she serves on the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education (ACE) and as board chair for 2017-18; Board of Directors for Year Up; Board of Directors for the League for Innovation in the Community College; and Board of Directors of the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG).  Additionally, she serves on the External Advisory Committee for a University of Wisconsin-Madison National Science Foundation study on financial aid impact on community college students.

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 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.

Her recent awards include Hillel Pillar of the Community; Silicon Valley Business Journal Women of Influence; Year Up Core Values: Engage and Embrace Diversity; and Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow.

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 and Palo Alto University.

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