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Six line up for Ohlone seat

By Chris De Benedetti, Staff writer.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007—Reprinted from Inside Bay Area.

Fremont—Replacing longtime Ohlone College trustee Dan Archer would seem to be an unenviable task.

The 88-year-old leader, who has been battling poor health, is such a campus fixture that colleagues have described him as one who "bleeds Ohlone College."

However, six Fremont residents are undaunted by the challenge; they filed their candidacy paperwork by Monday's deadline. Each is vying for the seat Archer vacated Feb. 23, when he announced his retirement after 27 years on the board.

The six candidates are:

  • Charles Bellavia, business consultant.
  • Jan Giovannini-Hill, Cal State East Bay administrative analyst who ran unsuccessfully against trustee John Weed in November.
  • John Kitta, attorney with his own practice.
  • George Mathiesen, supervisor at the University of Santa Clara Department of Education.
  • Robert Tavares, real estate broker/appraiser and property manager.
  • Trisha Tahmasbi, case field representative for state Asssemblyman Alberto Torrico, D-Newark.

College trustees—six elected members and one student trustee—have scheduled April 18 interviews with them on the campus, 43600 Mission Blvd.

The public interview session will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Child Development Center, Room 122, said Shelby Auer, executive assistant to Ohlone President Douglas Treadway.

Board President Nick Nardolillo said, "I'm looking for someone who can integrate their ideas with the majority of the board, the administration and the college community, in general."

Trustees will use a panel forum similar to the League of Women Voters' format for large political debates, college officials said. It will be open to the public and moderated by Nardolillo.

Each candidate will be given two minutes to introduce himself or herself and two minutes for closing.

"In between, they will have to answer five or six oral questions on a rotating basis," Nardolillo said.

Before the interview, candidates will be asked to submit answers to about 15 questions.

Once selected, the new trustee will be sworn in at the board's May 9 meeting and will serve the remainder of Archer's term, until November 2008.

Trustees each receive $277.83 monthly compensation and full health benefits.

The Ohlone College district covers Fremont, where the main campus is located, Newark and a small part of Union City. The Ohlone board sets college policies and oversees its spending.

Meanwhile, a private retirement dinner to honor Archer has been scheduled for April 15.

In addition, college officials have established the Dan and Marie Archer Endowment—a scholarship for Ohlone College art students.

Donation checks for the endowment should be made payable to the Ohlone College Foundation, and mailed to Shelby Auer, Ohlone College, 43600 Mission Blvd., Room 1216, Fremont 94539.

Chris De Benedetti can be reached at (510) 353-7002.

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