Foothill College president among four finalists for FHDA chancellor

The Foothill De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees announced four finalists for the position of chancellor to succeed Linda Thor, who retires June 30.

The four finalists, revealed Friday, are Deborah Budd, president of Berkeley City College; Patricia Hsieh, president of San Diego Miramar College; Jowel C. Laguerre, superintendent-president of Solano Community College District; and Judy C. Miner, president of Foothill College.

A search committee made up of Foothill-De Anza’s constituent groups recommended the finalists after a four-month national search. The Board of Trustees expects to complete the selection process in June.

Each candidate is slated to visit the campus for a day between June 8-11 for additional interviews and to participate in open forums at Foothill and De Anza colleges.

Now in her third year as president at Berkeley City College, Budd previously served as vice chancellor of educational services and associate vice chancellor of academic affairs in the Peralta Community College District in Oakland. She holds a doctorate in educational leadership from San Francisco State University.

Hsieh, president at San Diego Miramar College for the past 10 years, came to that position from Sacramento City College, where she served as interim president and vice president of student services. She holds a doctorate in institutional management in higher education from Pepperdine University.

Prior to joining Solano Community College District as superintendent-president six years ago, Laguerre served as vice president for academic affairs at Truckee Meadows Community College in Nevada and executive vice president for academic and student services at Montgomery College in Maryland. He has a doctorate in educational leadership in higher education from the University of Kansas.

Miner is in her eighth year as Foothill president. She previously served as vice president of instruction and dean of academic services at De Anza. She holds a doctorate in education degree in organization and leadership, with a concentration in education law, from the University of San Francisco.

For more information about the candidates, visit

The public is welcome to attend the open forums with the candidates. The forum schedule is available at

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