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Treadway bids farewell to Ohlone College
By Wes Bowers.
Thursday, July 3, 2008—Reprinted from Inside Bay Area.
Douglas Treadway's last day as superintendent of Ohlone Community College was Monday, completing five years of work he said he was very proud of.
The college held an informal reception for Treadway inside the Green Room at the Smith Center June 26. It was a chance for administrators, faculty and students to say a last goodbye before Treadway heads into retirement.
"I'm leaving the college in really good shape, and with a really good feeling," Treadway said.
Touching on some of the highlights during his five-year tenure, Treadway said he was most proud of the fact that the college was able to complete work on its Newark campus and hold a grand opening last January.
"Everyone put a lot of work into creating the new center," he said. "During a president's career, those kinds of opportunities are few and far between."
Ohlone opened the Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology in January, after two years of construction and a cost of $118 million to build. The campus, located on Cherry Street behind Newark Memorial High School, is the first educational facility in the world to be designated platinum for green building standards.
Although he plans on going into retirement, Treadway, 63, said he intends to stay involved with Ohlone College as a consultant, helping incoming President Geri Browning adjust to her new position.
However, he said he still intends to spend as much as he can with his family and enjoy the time off.
In 2003, Treadway was hired after spending nine years as president/superintendent of Shasta College in Redding.
Prior to his time in Redding, he served as chancellor of the North Dakota University System, president of Southwest Minnesota State University and president of Western Montana State College.
Ohlone teachers and administrators alike say Treadway turned the college around in the few short years he was at the helm, and he will be missed.
"We've been able to go from one level to a whole other level," Vice President of Student Services Ron Travenick said. "That's not just important to the faculty, but to the whole organization."
Travenick said Treadway improved student outreach and provided more services for students, bringing morale up for the entire Ohlone College community.
"It's a happy day for him, but it's also a sad day because he's been a real benefit to this college," he added.
Eddie West, the International Programs director, said Treadway paved the way for foreign students to attend Ohlone and make the college known overseas.
This year, the college opened a campus at the new International Educational Exchange and Training Center in Suzhou, China.
"Doug's done a lot for our area, providing leadership and creating expansion," West said.
He added his department didn't exist before Treadway's arrival five years ago.
"I can honestly say I wouldn't be here if Doug hadn't come to Ohlone," he said. "He's been a great advocate for students, both native to the area and in our international exchange program."
Sarah Daniels, Treadway's administrative assistant, said she could not add anything further to what other staffers said about her boss.
"I like and admire him so much," she said. "I can't say enough about what he's done for the college. He's been a pleasure to work with."
Browning officially took office July 1. A special event to welcome her to the Ohlone community will be held after the start of the fall semester.