Trustees of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District selected Mike Brandy, former district vice chancellor of business services, to serve as interim chancellor pending confirmation of Chancellor Martha Kanter as U.S. undersecretary of education.
"Mike Brandy brings us a steady hand and deep knowledge of the district at a critical time," said Board of Trustees President Betsy Bechtel. "His competent leadership will go a long way in ensuring a smooth transition and sense of continuity during a time of great challenge for the district."
Until retiring in May 2007, Brandy had served the district for a decade – nearly five years as the district's vice chancellor of business services and more than five years as vice president of finance and college services at De Anza College. In both positions, he reported directly to Kanter, who was president of De Anza before becoming Foothill-De Anza's chancellor.
"As interim chancellor, I hope to continue Martha Kanter's legacy and lay the groundwork for a permanent chancellor taking the helm," Brandy said. "I am honored to be able to serve the district at this important time."
During his earlier service in the district, Brandy was a leader in promoting environmental sustainability as part of the campus renovations funded by two voter-approved bond measures, Measure E in 1998 and Measure C in 2006. He oversaw planning for both bond programs as well as the implementation of Measure E, including construction of the Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies, a nationally recognized example of green building. Combined, the two bond measures will fund more than $800 million in improvements to Foothill-De Anza.
Brandy is an amateur photographer, avid gardener and bicyclist who enjoys an active retirement. He said he has no interest in applying for the permanent chancellor's job. The district plans a nationwide search for Kanter's successor, and trustees said they hope to have a new chancellor in place by January.
"Mike is a highly experienced community college leader who is a strategic thinker and planner, so he is well prepared to help the district address the fallout from California's fiscal crisis," Kanter said. "He also is deeply committed to student success, and his focus on students will serve the district well."
Brandy earned a master's of business administration degree from Golden Gate University in San Francisco and a bachelor's degree in business administration and marketing from California State University at Northridge. A resident of Scotts Valley, he has been active in the Scotts Valley Educational Foundation and coached girls softball.