Foothill-De Anza board declines to reinstate Thuy Nguyen as president – Palo Alto Online – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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Some community members had pushed for Nguyen’s reinstatement. She was placed on administrative leave last fall following a dispute with faculty.

by Zoe Morgan / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Tue, Apr 5, 2022, 9:57 am

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District board of trustees declined to reinstate Thuy Nguyen as Foothill College’s president at a Monday, April 4, meeting, despite a recent campaign to keep her on the job.

The board stuck by its unanimous vote in October 2021 to not renew Nguyen’s contract, which expires at the end of June. The move came after the college’s Academic Senate passed a vote of no confidence in Nguyen’s leadership last fall, which stated that she had ignored faculty voices as president.

Following the board’s October decision, Nguyen was placed on administrative leave. Bernadine Chuck Fong, who led Foothill from 1994 until her retirement in 2006, has come back to serve as interim president this school year.

In recent weeks, there has been a push by some in the community to get the board to reinstate Nguyen, with supporters arguing that facult


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