Cathy Summa-Wolfe, Director
Communications & Community Relations
College of Marin Superintendent/President Announces Retirement
Frances L. White, Ph.D. is looking forward to a new chapter following a distinguished career
KENTFIELD, Calif.— November 17, 2009 —College of Marin Superintendent/President Frances L. White, Ph.D. announced today her plans to retire in a letter addressed to the Board of Trustees. “Some of you may know that I have been talking about retirement for some time. Last month, I celebrated my 62nd birthday and decided there are other things I want to do, including spending more time with my family and pursuing other interests,” said Dr. White.
Her last day at the college will be June 30, 2010 and she is giving this advance notice so that the college will have ample time to recruit a new leader.
Dr. White has served a total of 38 years in higher education, including two-year and four-year colleges and universities. Previously, she served five years as President of Skyline College in San Bruno, California. Her administrative experience in community colleges covers a variety of roles 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 is the recipient of many awards and recognitions from educators and community leaders. She has authored scholarly publications and led many workshops on community college leadership, including topics related to continuous quality improvement, mentoring, team building, and institutional effectiveness.
At the time that Dr. White began her tenure at College of Marin in April 2004; the college had been plagued by a number of serious issues, including plunging enrollment, lack of educational planning, insufficient budget reserves, deferred maintenance, and non-compliance with accrediting agency standards. Under Dr. White’s leadership, the College of Marin has made great progress, including ensuring a healthy budget reserve of 12 percent, passage of a major facilities bond, enrollment growth, and the full reaffirmation of the college’s accreditation.
“As the Superintendent/President, I have achieved most of my goals to improve the institution….I know that I have given the College of Marin my best thinking, judgment, professional expertise, advice, and leadership. I’m very proud of all that we have accomplished together, particularly, the hard work of the faculty, classified staff, student, administrative and board leaders,” said Dr. White.
Frances L. White, Ph.D. Biography
Dr. White has a Ph.D. in education administration from the University of California at Berkeley, a 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.
Dr. White was a full-time faculty member in the Peralta Community College District and taught a variety of courses in psychology, developmental English, and basic math. Her faculty experience also includes service as Department Chairperson of the Psychology Department, Director of Tutorial Services, Director of Learning Resources and E.O.P.S., Vice President of the California Federation of Teachers, President of the Peralta Federation of Teachers, and a member of the Academic Senate.
As a professional, Dr. White has served on numerous local, state and national boards, commissions and committees. She is a member and former president of the Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA). Most recently, she is past President of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) President’s Academy and has served as a member of the President’s Academy Executive Committee for the past four years. She was appointed to the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Board of Directors for a three-year term starting July 1, 2008. Dr. White is also a former member of the Commission on Learning and Technology (AACC); 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).