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Community College Chief Named as Undersecretary

By Stephen Sawchuk — April 01, 2009 1 min read
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The White House says that Martha J. Kanter is Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s nominee for undersecretary of education. Ms. Kanter now serves as the chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, in Los Altos Hills, Calif.

Duncan mentioned in our recent EdWeek interview that he hoped to recruit a community-college administrator to a top spot. Looks like Kanter’s the pick. No word yet, though, on how her duties will be divided up with that of the yet-to-be-announced deputy secretary.

Kanter also served as a vice president at San Jose City College, and as a director, dean and subsequently vice chancellor for policy and research of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office in Sacramento. She also serves as the national chair of The College Board’s community-college advisory panel.