Campus Center Building

President's Office

President's Welcome

Foothill President Thuy Thi Nguyen

Welcome to Foothill College – a college with a national reputation for academic excellence and innovation, and a family of talented faculty and staff who cares deeply about your success.

As we celebrate our 60th anniversary this year, Foothill College will officially launch its service leadership initiative and provide opportunities for students to serve communities locally and globally while developing their leadership skills.

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

- Mahatma Gandhi

One of the stated goals in the college's Educational Master Plan is to encourage student participation in leadership and activities outside the classroom that engage students with the college and the community.

Foothill has a commitment to an institutional learning outcome of “community/global consciousness and responsibility” – that is, Foothill believes in creating an environment whereby students learn social perceptiveness, including empathy, cultural awareness, citizenship, ethics, interpersonal skills, personal integrity, and community service.

Studies show a growing gap between the needs of employers and the skills needed in workforce, leaving far too many quality jobs unfilled. Employer surveys also found that to be successful, students need to be proficient in leadership and non-technical skills such as emotional intelligence, teamwork, critical thinking, and communications. Furthermore, students need to have a strong sense of community as they navigate work and life.

With the service leadership initiative, Foothill College is redefining its future role in Silicon Valley in ways that will deepen how we can better serve our students, employers, and communities locally and globally. Whether you are just beginning or continuing your studies, many opportunities for involvement in service leadership await you. We encourage you to take advantage of every aspect of Foothill to enrich both your educational and social life, while serving others around you.

As your college president, I am eager to meet you and help you achieve your aspirations. We are here for you! On behalf of the faculty and staff at Foothill, I wish you every success and enjoyment in the pursuit of your academic goals.

Thuy Thi Nguyen, J.D.
President, Foothill College

In the Media

The Script — April 14, 2017

Check out the student-produced Owlcast with President Nguyen.


San Jose Mercury News — August, 11, 2017

First Vietnamese-American college president relies on refugee past to connect with students

Read the article for reflections on Thuy Thi Nguyen's first full year as president of Foothill College.