Congratulations go out to Fran Golden, Executive Assistant to Vice President Mary Kay Rudolph in the Academic Affairs department. Fran has been in this position since 2003 when Ed Buckley was Vice President of Academic Affairs. Mary Kay says Fran is an “expert in the art of herding cats,” expanding on that to say that Fran “handles a myriad of tasks while trying to keep the deans and department chairs organized and moving in the same direction.” In her own words, Golden said she tries to be an “information hub for Academic Affairs and for all staff at the college who aren’t sure who to ask; they can always start with me and I can point them in the right direction.”
In addition to supporting Mary Kay Rudolph, Fran coordinates meeting agendas for Academic Affairs Council, College Council and Educational Planning and Coordination Council. She also assists with scheduling up to 75 interviews a year for faculty hiring, also coordinating reference checks for same. “Day to day, without drama or fuss, she has a hand in all of our important endeavors,” said Mary Kay.
Fran moved from Detroit upon graduating from high school and moved to Sonoma County in 1998. Although not an SRJC alumnus, she said that some of the best instructors she has had were at Chabot Community College in Hayward. From there, Fran attended San Jose State for undergraduate studies where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and University of Wisconsin earning a Master’s degree in social work.
Prior to employment at SRJC, Fran worked in the high tech industry beginning with Apple Computer. She said, “Yes. I knew Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.” She also worked for two private family foundations that awarded education grants and for Agilent Technologies and the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District.
Fran cited the completion of the 2009 SRJC Accreditation Self Study Report as both her greatest accomplishment and greatest challenge. It “took two years, many hundreds of hours of research, writing and compilation,” said Golden.
Fran was “completely taken aback” at receiving this honor. “I feel fortunate to work with terrific colleagues who all come to work for a very good reason – helping students succeed.”
When not working or volunteering for campus events, she enjoys reading, watching sports (especially Giants and 49ers), hiking and working out. She also visits the ocean as much as possible and likes to attend concerts, museums, plays and sporting events. Fran and her husband Steve Robbins have three daughters, a son and a grandson.