Carol Chandler is committed to education and to the continuing health of the agriculture industry in California. While she is very active in her own community, she also participates in several service and civic organizations statewide.
Chandler received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis and her master’s degree from California State University, Fresno. She taught at San Joaquin Valley schools including Fresno City College before devoting full time to the family business, Chandler Farms. She and her husband, Bill, farm grapes, almonds, and tree fruit in the Selma district of Fresno County. They grow grapes for raisins and wine, as well as almonds, peaches, plums and nectarines. She handles the business administration portion of the operation.
Chandler was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California State University Board of Trustees and by Governor Pete Wilson to the California Post-secondary Education Commission and the University of California Board of Regents. She served as State President of California Women for Agriculture and as a member of the board of the Western Growers Association, and the Cal Chamber Board. She was honored as one of California State Legislature’s Women of the Year in 1992 and 2002. She also received the 2004 Agriculturalist of the Year by the Fresno Chamber of Commerce. She belongs to the Institute for Family Business and the Common Threads Committee, which honors philanthropic women in Valley communities.
Chandler enjoys playing golf, reading, and traveling. She and Bill have two sons and one grandson.