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Ohlone to appoint replacement for trustee

By Rob Dennis, Oakland Tribune.

Friday, April 15, 2011—Reprinted from Inside Bay Area.

Fremont—The Ohlone College board will appoint a trustee to replace Bill McMillin, who died last month after a more than two-year battle with leukemia.

Applications will be accepted through 4 p.m. April 29, and finalists will be notified May 3.

The board will hold a special meeting May 11 to interview the candidates and possibly to pick a new trustee.

Trustees voted at their Wednesday night meeting to appoint McMillin's replacement rather than holding an election, which would have cost at least $120,000, college President Gari Browning said. It likely would have been more expensive because the vote would have taken place in November, which isn't a general election.

"That impacts the cost greatly," Browning said. "We would share the cost with everything on the ballot, so if it's a general election, there's a lot on the ballot and a lot to share the cost with—but if not, then we would bear perhaps the whole cost of the election."

Instead, the appointed trustee will serve until the next regularly scheduled Ohlone election in November 2012, when the remaining two years of McMillin's term will be filled.

"I think it's in the best interest of the college to not spend the money on an election and to appoint somebody for the short term until 2012," board President Rich Watters said.

McMillin, 68, was a schoolteacher and principal before becoming a commercial real estate broker in 1977. He served as a Newark schools trustee from 1994 until 2002, when he joined the Ohlone board. In November, he was re-elected to a third term after running unopposed.

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