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Ohlone trustee calls it a day

Board will appoint replacement rather than host a special election

By Angela Woodall, Staff writer.

Friday, March 2, 2007—Reprinted from Inside Bay Area.

Fremont—When longtime Ohlone College Trustee Dan Archer cast his final vote at Wednesday night's board meeting, it was the end of an era.

Archer voted "yes" on a resolution recognizing his service to the college after he officially stepped down from the board after 27 years.

At 8 p.m., he left.

"I want to thank all of you, and it couldn't be any more heartfelt than that. Thank you," Archer, 88, told friends, colleagues and Ohlone staff who gathered to honor him.

"Thank you, Dan," they replied as they watched him pass through the board room door for the last time as an Ohlone trustee.

The meeting was marked by emotion and a touch of suspense over whether he actually would step down.

Archer had announced in February 2006 that he was giving up his the seat on the seven-member board. Then he reversed his decision and served another year.

This time, Archer carried through with his retirement plans, but he vowed to stay involved with Ohlone College.

Archer, dressed in a maroon fleece jacket and dark slacks, said, "You haven't heard the last of me yet."

Trustees later voted to appoint a trustee to serve out the two years remaining in his term.

Archer's eyes filled with tears as he reminisced about his service in the Marine Corps, as an educator and as an Ohlone trustee.

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

"He really cares about Ohlone College. He's not really concerned about Dan Archer. He's concerned about Ohlone College," said Vice President of Instruction Jim Wright, adding that Archer probably was at more school events than most of the students.

Archer has served on the Fremont Arts Association, the Fremont Library Commission and the Fremont Symphony board, volunteered more than 2,500 hours at Washington Hospital and hosted the local cable show "Dan Archer Profiles."

"We're so proud of you," Newark Mayor and Ohlone employee Dave Smith said, noting that Archer is an honorary citizen of Newark, where he began his career in education.

The board has 60 days to appoint someone to fill Archer's seat.

Trustees voted 5-1 against holding a special election that college President Doug Treadway estimates would cost the district more than $100,000, based on the cost of regular elections.

Trustee Bob Brunton, who favored holding a special election, cast the opposing vote.

Because trustees are elected or appointed to represent a designated part of the Tri-City area, the person taking over Archer's seat would have to live in Fremont or in a sliver of Union City that falls within the college district.

Although Archer said he was retiring to pursue other interests, he has been battling declining health.

"The college has never been in better shape," Archer said when announcing his retirement.

"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."

Staff writer Angela Woodall covers Newark, Ohlone College and Washington Hospital. She can be reached at (510) 353-7004 or at awoodall@angnewspapers.com.

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