Thuy Thi Nguyen serves as President of Foothill College. When she was 3, Nguyen and her family joined the wave of “boat people” who fled Vietnam after the end of the war. Upon high school graduation, the mayor of Oakland declared June 23, 1993 “Thuy Thi Nguyen Day.” Nguyen earned her B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University and her Juris Doctor degree from UCLA School of Law where she was a Paul and Daisy Soros for New Americans Fellow.
Nguyen co-published a book, “25 Vietnamese Americans in 25 Years” which is archived in the Library of Congress. In 2016, Nguyen received the coveted Diversity Award from the State Bar of California, a statewide award given to an individual who has helped diversify the legal profession. Nguyen is the first Vietnamese American college president in the country.
On July 4, 2017, Nguyen was honored as part of the Carnegie Corporation’s “Great Immigrants” tribute in the New York Times. The tribute is aimed at recognizing naturalized citizens who have helped advance society, culture, and the economy.