Meeting Notes 
February 3, 2015
ADM #109 1:30 - 2:30

Attending: Bryant, Cheu, Cook, Cruz, Espinosa-Pieb, Fayek, Jones-Dulin, Kandula, Markus, Maynard, Murphy, Norte, Reza, Shannakian, Spatafore, Tomaneng, Newell

A special college council was held to provide input to the search firm leading the process for the open Chancellor’s position. Dr. Pamila Fischer of the Association of Community Colleges Trustees (ACCT) has been hired to assist with the search process and Mike Brandy is serving as the search liaison. Mike briefly outlined the hiring process (currently on the district website) and aggressive timelines. We hope to have a new Chancellor by June 30, 2015. Nominations and comments are encouraged. Check progress reports on the district site.


  1. What do you feel are the biggest challenges and opportunities for the incoming Chancellor that our district faces?
  2. What are the ideal characteristics we would like to see in the new Chancellor?
  3. Why Foothill-De Anza Community College District?

Challenges & Opportunities

  • Budget and Enrollment, state lobbying, fundraiser
  • Building national partnerships, i.e., AAPI, HLI
  • Equity focus
  • Autonomous campus
  • Supportive of participatory governance
  • Civic engagement focus (beyond service learning)
  • Involved in political process
  • Supportive of CTE, professional and leadership development
  • Risk-taker
  • Innovative with fostering underrepresented and under-prepared students
  • $, Grants
  • Supportive of Baccalaureate degree and CTE; not necessarily only transfer
  • Repeatability issues (from Open Forum)
  • Weekend or Saturday college to build enrollment
  • Rebuilding morale, positive environment
  • People transitioning from adult education to community college non-credit
  • Athletic facilities improvements, possibly another bond
  • Silicon Valley income inequality
  • Values, engagement and advocacy

Ideal Characteristics/Qualities

  • Warm, engaging, inclusive, openness
  • Student-centered focus
  • Personable, visible on campus
  • Equity-minded
  • Willing to question the status quo
  • International/cosmopolitan, bilingual, culturally proficient
  • Do homework about the Bay Area
  • “Both/and” philosophy, not “And/Or”
  • Politically active in local, state and national arenas
  • AMA - more leadership/professional development for supervisors, middle management
  • Someone who “talks to us” (from Open Forum)
  • Accessible, visible, walks around and listens
  • Understands and values classified professionals
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Creativity
  • Recognize and embrace the two very distinct campuses
Why Foothill-De Anza CCD?
  • Diversity of our campus/district
  • Education in the long-range, future
  • Opportunity to work with us
  • Improve Technology
  • Alignment with who they are/we are
  • “Walk the Talk”
  • Building and maintaining a sense of community for our employees
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