Frances L. White

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Watch Dr. White speak about her work here(link is external):

Dr. Frances White, Educational Leadership Doctoral Program Faculty, San Francisco State University from Educational Doctorate on Vimeo.


Dr. Frances L. White, Superintendent/President Emerita and a community college educator for 32 years, retires as Superintendent/President of the Marin Community College District in June 2010. Her appointment to the Marin Community College district was on April 20, 2004. Previously, she served five years as President of Skyline College in San Bruno, California. Her administrative experience in community colleges covers a variety of role including serving as the Executive Vice Chancellor at City College of San Francisco and the Interim Chancellor of the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District. Dr. white has also served as academic Division Dean and faculty member at two California Bay Area colleges.

Dr. White has a Ph.D. in education administration from the University of California at Berkeley, as master’s degree in counseling psychology and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the California State University at Hayward. She is a community college graduate and earned the associate degree in general education from Merritt College in Oakland, California.

As a professional, Dr. White has served on numerous local, state and national boards, commissions and committees. She is the statewide recipient of the 2010 Harry J. Buttimer Distinguished Administrator Award in the California Community Colleges. Dr. White was named “Women in Business: Education Leader of 2009” for the North Bay Business Journal. She is a former member and president of the Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA). She is a past President of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) President’ Academy, and served as a member of the President’s Academy Executive Committee for four years. In July 2008, she was appointed to the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Board of Directors for a term of three years. Dr. White is a former member, Commission of American Council on Education (ACE), Office of Women in Higher Education; and a previous member of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC).

Dr. White currently serves as a lecturer in the Ed.D. Education Leadership Program at San Francisco State University, and is a founding adjunct faculty member of the program. She also works as a CEO search consultant for community colleges; as well as a consultant in strategic planning, organizational review and accreditation management for large and small community colleges. For the past four year, she has served as the president and chair of the Board of Directors for the Marin Symphony Association; and she is a new board member for the San Rafael Rotary.

She is the author of several publications on educational leadership and lives in Marin with her husband, Harley.