Keetha Mills named president of the Foundation for California Community Colleges

Foundation for California Community Colleges March 22, 2012
The Board of Directors of the Foundation for California Community Colleges has selected Keetha Mills to serve as the organization's President and CEO, effective immediately. Mills, who has served as the Foundation's interim chief since September 2011, was selected after a national search process.

“After a thorough search process that included a pool of top-tier candidates, we are excited to have Keetha continue the leadership and progress she has implemented over the last several months as Interim President and CEO,” said board chair Janice Dehesh. “Keetha’s experience in corporate and non-profit leadership, along with her in-depth knowledge of the organization, are a key fit for the Foundation as it continues to fulfill its mission of benefiting, supporting and enhancing the California Community College system at a time when our colleges need more support than ever before.”

Over the past several months, Mills has brought new life to the Foundation’s strategic plan and direction, helping the organization continue on a mission-driven path even during a time of transition.

“I am proud to have been part of the Foundation’s leadership team for the past four years, and I look forward to the new chapter in our organization’s evolution,” said Mills of her appointment. “The programs and services we offer impact lives in a very positive way, and I am honored to work alongside an excellent staff who are committed to our efforts. As President and CEO, I look forward to continuing to work closely with this team and our many colleagues and partners toward our mutual goal of benefiting and supporting California’s community colleges.”

Prior to serving as Interim President and CEO, Mills was Vice President of Finance and CFO of the Foundation, providing strategic leadership and financial oversight of the Foundation’s over $40 million annual operating budget. Mills also oversaw the Foundation’s investment policies for its $10 million investment fund to support nursing education and the $67.7 million California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment. In addition to her activities as CFO, Mills actively managed several of the Foundation’s largest programs including VRRRM (Vehicle Repair, Retirement, and Replacement for Motorists), a $20 million grant-funded air quality program.

Serving as the official nonprofit to the nation’s largest system of higher education, the Foundation is one of the largest operating education non-profits in the country, with over 50 active programs and annual operating revenues of over $40 million. Its programs and services benefit California Community Colleges throughout the state.
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