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Community College Chief Named as Undersecretary

From Guest Blogger Stephen Sawchuk

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.

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