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Ohlone taps Browning as leader

Current College of the Desert vice president will be first female to head Fremont college

By Todd R. Brown, Staff writer.

Friday, April 25, 2008—Reprinted from Inside Bay Area.

Fremont—Ohlone College's first female president/superintendent will take the reins this summer, officials said, bringing the half-year search for a new leader to a close.

After a succession of five white male chiefs in more than 30 years, Gari Browning, 59, is set to take over July 1 from Douglas Treadway, who is departing after five years in the top office.

Garrett Yee, president of the Ohlone College board, said Wednesday that the trustees unanimously chose Browning over two other finalists, including the current College of Alameda president, a Latina also fluent in Spanish.

"For us, it's a matter of fit for our college at this time," Yee said, noting that Browning was associate director of the accrediting commission that is reviewing Ohlone's academic status. "You want to have someone with that kind of experience. She knows the methodology."

After he announced the selection at this week's board meeting, Yee said he phoned Browning, who answered "absolutely" to the invitation to lead.

Her contract will offer a $207,000 salary, a $1,400 monthly housing allowance, a $500 monthly transportation allowance and a benefits package, Yee said. The agreement will run for three years with a one-year option.

Regarding the accreditation process, which has not been kind to Ohlone's board, she said Thursday that she plans to help the trustees "understand their role through a lot of different trainings" and will work to make sure that all elements of the college operate together.

Currently, she is vice president of instruction for College of the Desert in the Palm Springs area. She has a grown son.

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