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Trustees: Ohlone president doing good job

By Wes Bowers.

Thursday, May 7, 2009—Reprinted from Fremont Bulletin.

Ohlone Community College's new president was given her first review April 22. The consensus is she's done well in her first eight months on the job.

President Gari Browning officially took the position July 1, replacing outgoing chief Douglas Treadway upon his retirement. Browning, who accepted a three-year contract with the college in April 2008, is the school's first woman president.

She was formerly the vice president of instruction at the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, Calif.

John Weed, Ohlone Board of Trustees president, said superintendent reviews are personnel issues that cannot be discussed outside closed sessions.

But he would say the board likes Browning's performance so far.

"Overall, it's fair to say the board is very pleased with her performance," he said. "Coming on board there's a very fast learning curve and she's done a tremendous job."

Browning said she requested a mid-year review out of good practice, and to see for herself if she was on task.

"I was reassured I'm doing well and we're moving in the right direction," she said. "It's been very positive. I've been doing some pulse-taking on campus to see if I'm doing a good job so far, and everyone seems to think so."

Browning added Ohlone's budget is in better shape than other community colleges in California. But she said things could be different depending on outcomes of the May 19 special election.

Last year, the college was given a series of recommendations to improve in order to retain its accreditation status. Browning said the Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation review team visited the campus last week.

"I don't want to say it's a definite, but right now that's looking pretty positive," she said.

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