Office of the President
The Superintendent/President is the chief executive officer of the District serving under the direction of the Board of Trustees.
The Superintendent/ President provides overall administrative leadership to the College and monitors institutional adherence to the policies prescribed and adopted by the Board of Trustees.
The President also provides institutional leadership in carrying out the mission and strategic goals of the College.
Appointment of New Superintendent/President, Frances L. White
On March 23, 2004, the Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Frances L. White, Ph.D. as the new Superintendent/President of College of Marin effective July 1, 2004. Prior to this appointment she served as President of Skyline College for over 4 years. Faculty and staff at Skyline College describe Dr. White's management style as "consultative, approachable, warm, and down to earth." They also stated that Dr. White "is a strong supporter of participatory governance and fosters trust to broaden constituent participation." Her administrative experience in community colleges covers a variety of roles including serving as Executive Vice Chancellor, City College of San Francisco, and Interim Chancellor of the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District. Dr. White has also served as academic dean at Evergreen College in San Jose and Laney College in Oakland, California.
Dr. White stated, "I am very pleased to have been selected to serve as the next Superintendent/President for the Marin Community College District. Both campuses are known for academic excellence and quality services. The District has over 75 years of history providing access and opportunity for students wishing to pursue their educational dreams. I am looking forward to this new beginning and working with the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, and students to provide outstanding programs and services that meet the needs of Marin County residents now and in the future."
Wanden Treanor, President of the Board of Trustees said, "We are very pleased to announce this appointment and believe the experience, knowledge, and collaborative management style Dr. White brings to the position will enable the entire College community to work together in a new spirit of cooperation. The College is facing many challenges and opportunities and we are confident that with the leadership of Dr. White we can build on our rich legacy of educational excellence. The Board looks forward to the full support of all constituent groups and that we will all work with our new president in a spirit of cooperation and mutual respect."
Dr. White has a Ph.D. in education administration from the University of California, Berkeley, a master's degree in counseling psychology and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the California State University, Hayward. She is a community college graduate and earned an associate degree in general education from Merritt College in Oakland, California. She is the recipient of many awards and recognitions from educators and community leaders, including the 2003 Presidential Leadership Award. This award is presented annually by the Network for California Community College Foundations to the president or chancellor who has excelled in the areas of fundraising, leadership, and community relations achievement.
Dr. White was a full-time faculty member in the Peralta Community College District. Her faculty experience also included service as Department Chairperson of the Psychology Department, Director of Tutorial Services, Director of Learning Resources and E.O.P.S., a Vice President of the California Federation of Teachers, President of the Peralta Federation of Teachers, and a member of the Academic Senate.
Dr. White has a strong track record of growing community partnerships. She has served in leadership roles in numerous civic, community, state, and national professional organizations. She was appointed to the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) President's Academy Executive Committee and the AACC Commission on Learning and Communications Technologies. She has also been appointed to the American Council on Education (ACE) Office of Women in Higher Education.