Fooothill College Interim President's Biography

Kimberlee Messina, Ed.D.

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Kimberlee Messina, Ed.D., has been selected to serve as interim president of Foothill College from Aug. 1, 2015 through March 31, 2016. She replaces outgoing Foothill College President Judy C. Miner, Ed.D., who was hired last month as the new chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. Miner begins her role as chancellor Aug. 1.

A passionate and committed educator who has served the California Community Colleges for more than 20 years, Messina's career path includes service as a full-time Spanish instructor, a two-term academic senate president, and an instructional dean at Santa Rosa Junior College. Since 2011, she has served as Foothill's vice president of instruction and institutional research.  Since her arrival at Foothill, she has capably handled increasing areas of responsibility. She currently oversees all seven instructional divisions and recently assumed oversight for the Foothill-De Anza Education Center. During her tenure, she has guided Foothill though a successful reaffirmation of its accreditation, revised the program review and resource allocation process, implemented the early summer session, and operationalized student equity-focused initiatives such as Year Up and associate degrees for students enrolled in Foothill's Apprenticeship Program.

An accomplished public speaker, she has presented to the Statewide Academic Senate and the Association of California Community College Administrators. She has also served on a number of accreditation site teams and currently serves as the co-chair of the technical assistance committee for the statewide Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative.

When Dr. Miner was on medical leave in Winter 2015, Dr. Messina assumed the role of acting president, representing the college at meetings of the board of trustees, the Foothill-De Anza Foundation, and numerous community functions. Colleagues are inspired by her intellect, systems thinking, commitment to shared governance, and focus on student access and success. She has truly demonstrated her ability to continue the innovative momentum that distinguishes Foothill College.

Messina holds bachelor's and master's degrees from CSU Sacramento and a doctorate from UC Davis.


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