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Longtime Ohlone trustee to retire

Dan Archer to leave with two years left in term; board to discuss vacancy

By Linh Tat, Staff writer.

Saturday, February 24, 2007—Reprinted from Inside Bay Area .

Fremont—Longtime Ohlone College trustee Dan Archer announced Friday that he is stepping down after 27 years on the board, with nearly two years remaining on his term.

Archer, 88, has been battling declining health and, at least twice within the past year, appeared to fall asleep during meetings. But he never cited health as an issue in his announcement to retire early.

"The college has never been in better shape. I feel very positive about the administration, staff and my fellow board members. I have other plans and interests to pursue and feel that this is a good time to step down … though I will remain involved with Ohlone College wherever I can be of assistance," Archer said in a statement.

A former teacher and principal in Newark, Archer was elected to the Ohlone board in 1979. He helped establish the Ohlone College Foundation, which raises money for scholarships and programs.

"He kind of bleeds Ohlone College blood," board President Nick Nardolillo said about Archer.

Besides his involvement with the college, Archer has served on the Fremont Arts Association, Fremont Library Commission and the Fremont Symphony board, and has volunteered more than 2,500 hours at Washington Hospital. He also has interviewed a number of community leaders on the local cable show "Dan Archer Profiles."

On Wednesday, Archer's last day on the board, trustees will discuss how they plan to fill the vacancy.

The board will have 60 days after Archer steps down to appoint someone or call a special election.

Although nearly two years remain on Archer's term—his seat is not up until November 2008—Nardolillo said he would like to appoint a person to save the district money. College President Doug Treadway estimates that a special election would cost more than $100,000.

"If trustees could come to an agreement on a good appointment … that would be more fiscally prudent. I'm sure there are a lot of good candidates," Nardolillo said.

Because trustees are elected or appointed to represent a designated part of the Tri-City area, the person taking over Archer's seat must live in Fremont.

This week was not the first time that Archer has announced plans to retire. Last February, he announced that he would step down, only to change his mind three times about when exactly he would leave office. In March 2006, he stated that he would serve out the entire length of his term.

But this past year he has been taking medication, which causes him to be drowsy during meetings, Treadway said.

Aside from some health issues, Archer has been a conscientious board member and a loyal supporter of Ohlone College, Treadway said.

"I consider him a friend. He's kind and always offers you a word of encouragement when you need it," he said.

There will be a cake and a resolution presented to Archer at Wednesday's meeting, which will start at 7 p.m. in the child development center at Ohlone College, 43600 Mission Blvd. It will be broadcast on local cable Channel 28.

A formal retirement dinner will be scheduled at later date.

Contact staff writer Linh Tat at (510) 353-7010 or e-mail ltat@angnewspapers.com.

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