2017 Great Immigrants Recipient

Thuy Thi Nguyen
President, Foothill College
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Thuy Thi Nguyen serves as the seventh President of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California. When Nguyen was 3, she and her family joined the wave of “boat people” who fled Vietnam after the end of the war. They drifted in the Pacific Ocean on a boat for more than 20 days before a commercial ship rescued them and took them to a refugee camp in Japan. Eventually, the family relocated to Wichita, Kansas, and then moved to the warmer climate of New Orleans. Thuy Thi Nguyen earned her B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, where she was a member of the inaugural class of the Public Interest Law and Policy Program. Updated July 2017