Linda M. Thor

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Nominated by: Vernon C. Smith

Dr. Linda M. Thor is Chancellor, Foothill-De Anza Community College District. Dr. Thor is an innovator and leader in Community Colleges, the largest sector in higher education. Her efforts to reshape education have become a “proof point” that access, quality, and the cost of education need not be limited to current thinking. Specifically, she has pioneered significant reform efforts in continuous quality improvement for colleges, online and Internet education, dual enrollment, and making resources readily accessible to all students. Her ideas and innovative approaches generate new ideas and thinking that will continue to help students and educators now and in the future.

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