Dr. Fisher is a graduate of Modesto Junior College and was an educator for over 33 years. She was the Chancellor of the Yosemite Community College District for 12 years before her retirement. She also served as the Interim Chancellor of City College of San Francisco while the college was on Show Cause status for accreditation issues related to governance, fiscal and organizational issues. She currently is involved professionally working with governing boards, presidents and chancellors, and future leaders.
Dr. Fisher has been a consultant for the American Association of Community Colleges for 15 years and has conducted more than 60 CEO searches and more than 100 governing board retreats. Due to her many years as a search consultant, she even has been asked several times to return and facilitate a second search for a college that she assisted many years previously.
Dr. Fisher has written articles for the Trustee Quarterly, is one of several coauthors of the new edition of Trusteeship in Community Colleges: A Guide for Effective Governance, is a frequent presenter at the ACCT Congress and in national webinar and virtual conferences for community college leaders.
Dr. Fisher’s work also includes facilitating leadership academies that promote equity and professional development at all levels throughout the college. She enjoys working closely with governing boards, chief executive officers, faculty, staff and student leaders and effectively practices consensus building.
Dr. Fisher has served in national and state leadership positions including Chair of the Board of Directors of AACC, President of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges, and President of the California Association of Community Colleges. She founded and for the last 35 years has directed the Asilomar Leadership Skills Seminar, a California program which boasts 2,300 alums and has helped produce community college presidents, vice-presidents, deans and more.
Dr. Fisher’s service and commitment has been recognized through various honors including the American Council on Education’s Inclusive Network Award, ACCT’s national “Diversity Award”, ACCT’s regional “Equity Award”, NAACP’s “Woman of Courage Award”, the Latina Leadership Network’s “Honorary Madrina Award”, the California State Board of Governors’ “John Rice Diversity Award”, AAWCC’s “Woman of the Year” and “President of the Year” awards, and ACCT’s Pacific Region CEO of the Year award.