Consultants

FisherPamila Fisher, Ed.D.

ACCT Search Consultant

Dr. Fisher’s career spans over 30 years with the Yosemite Community College District: starting in 1974 as an instructor, to serving as Chancellor for 12 years. Dr. Fisher has held multiple higher education leadership positions on a national level, including Chair of the Board of Director for the AACC, board membership for the American Council on Education: Commission on Women in Higher Education, the AACC Commission on International/Intercultural Relations, the ACCT/AACC Joint Commission on Federal Relations, and the AACC Commission on Minority Resources. Dr. Fisher is Past President of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges.

Dr. Fisher attended Modesto Junior College where she earned an AA degree. She also holds a BS and a MA from California State University, Stanislaus, and received an Ed.D. from the University of the Pacific.
 
Dr. Fisher has been an ACCT Search Consultant since 2006 and lives in Bresnan, MT.

pat keirPat Keir, Ed.D.

ACCT Search Consultant

Dr. Patricia Keir has had a long career in community college administration, serving as Chancellor of the Eastern Iowa Community College District, President of San Diego Miramar College, and Executive Vice President and Provost at Lansing Community College (MI). She has served on a variety of national, state, and local boards and commissions, including the AACC Board, the ACCT Presidential Advisory Committee, and the Community College International Development Board, serving as Chair.  Dr. Keir is also on the faculty of the Universityo Of Maryland University College Doctor Of Management in Community College Policy and Administration. Dr. Keir lives in Oswego, Illinois.

LeybaJose Leyba, Ed.D.

ACCT Search Consultant

Dr. Leyba retired from the Maricopa Community Colleges in 2008 as the Vice President for Corporate Development and Relations for Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation in Tempe, Arizona, and currently serves as an ACCT Search Consultant. He also served higher education in variety of roles, both permanent and temporary including Interim College President at Los Angeles Mission College, Los Angeles Community College District, CA, Interim Vice President of Instruction at West Campus, Pima Community College District, AZ, Acting Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor at Pima Community College, AZ, Vice President for Development and Community Relations at Mesa Community College, AZ, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources for Maricopa Community college District, AZ.

Dr. Leyba received a Doctor of Education in educational administration and supervision, a Masters of Education in educational administration and supervision and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history/secondary education from Arizona State University, Arizona.

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Eduardo Marti, Ph.D.

ACCT Search Consultant

An experienced educator who has led several community colleges with distinction for more than 25 years, Dr. Eduardo J. Marti joined CUNY in 2000 as President of Queensborough Community College. Prior to that, he served for six years as President of Corning Community College of the State University of New York (SUNY), and for eight years, as President of SUNY’s Tompkins Cortland Community College. Dr. Martí also served as Executive Dean of Tunxis Community College (Campus CEO, CAO) and Acting President of Middlesex Community College, both located in Connecticut.

Three times a graduate of New York University, Dr. Martí holds the Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science, and Ph.D. degrees in biology from the institution. He is the recipient of the Founders Day Award from New York University and was chosen as the recipient of the New York University Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in November 2007.   In October 2008, the New York Post honored Dr. Marti with their Liberty Medal Award as a champion of human rights. He was previously named to the Honor Roll of the Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges.

Laura Saunders, Ph.D.

ACCT Search Consultant

Dr. Saunders has spent her career in higher education, at both major research universities and community colleges. Most recently she was the interim president (for 18 months) of Bellevue College, the State of Washington’s largest community college located in suburban Seattle. Prior to that she served 18 years as vice president for administrative services at two community colleges --- Highline Community College in Des Moines, Washington from 1990 to 2005, and for three years at Bellevue College. Prior to working in Washington community colleges she was director of planning and capital budget at the University of Washington and also worked at The Pennsylvania State University and the office of the president of the University of California.

Dr. Saunders has been active within the state of Washington in community college activities --- serving as president of the business affairs commission, a member of the Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges presidents council, a member of the first statewide collective bargaining team for classified staff as well as numerous committees and task forces. At the national level Dr. Saunders has been on the boards of the Society for College and University Planning and the Association for Institutional Research and she served as president of both organizations.

Dr. Saunders holds a Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley in education, a MA from the University of Chicago in economics, and a AB from Reed College.

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 Judy E. Walters, Ph.D.

ACCT Search Consultant

A seasoned college administrator, Dr. Walters has over 40 years experience. She has served as an academic specialist and vice chancellor of policy analysis and development for the State California community colleges; senior vice chancellor of education services at the Peralta Community College district, president of Berkeley City College, President of Diablo Valley College, Interim Chancellor Chabot-Los Positas Community College District, Interim President Woodland Community College and as a consultant to Yuba Community College District.