Press Release - Office of College Advancement

Friday, June 15, 2007
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone College

For Immediate Release:

Ohlone College Receives Visit by Deputy Associate at EPA

Newark, CA—Ohlone College Newark’s environmentally sustainable campus project has caught the eye of the Environmental Protection Agency, specifically Randy Kelly the Deputy Associate Administrator at the EPA. Kelly plans to visit the city, meet local business and education representatives and then tour the landmark site of the Ohlone College Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology.

Three associates in the EPA, Carolyn Douglas, Regional Brownfields Program Team Leader, Michael Harrison, Kelly’s Special Assistant, and Ms. Arnita Hannon, an Intergovernmental Liaison will accompany Kelly. The group will visit the City of Newark during the morning. After a luncheon hosted by the Newark Chamber of Commerce, the group will then tour the nearly completed Ohlone College Newark Center to learn about the many environmentally sustainable features of construction and operation that are part of Ohlone’s comprehensive plan to include sustainability into all aspects of education.

If you have any questions, please direct them to Dave Smith, Executive Director of the Ohlone College Foundation at 510.659.6441 or

Bio: Randy Kelly, Deputy Associate Administrator for Intergovernmental Advancement, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Randy Kelly joined EPA’s Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Advancement as Deputy Associate Administrator for Intergovernmental Advancement in January 2007.

Kelly began his career in public service when he was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing a St. Paul Legislative District in 1974. He served as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee from 1987-1900. Elected to the Minnesota State Senate in 1991, he served as Chairman of the Senate Transportation Policy and Finance Committee from 2000-2001. Notably, Senator Kelly led the State’s effort to secure some $32 million in funding for Brownfields cleanup in Minnesota.

Randy Kelly was elected Mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota in November 2001, serving from 2002-2006. As mayor he is credited with having created 5,000 housing units, reducing crime and improving transportation while exercising fiscal responsibility. He focused his efforts on accelerating economic development and making St. Paul a transportation hub of the Midwest. An accomplished guitarist, Mayor Kelly takes special pride in having succeeded in his effort to create the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, a performing arts high school in downtown St. Paul, now open and serving 150 students.


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