President Gari Browning Biography - Ohlone College President's Office

Gari Browning, Ph.D.
President/Superintendent
Ohlone Community College District

Dr. Gari BrowningDr. Gari Browning has been President/Superintendent of the Ohlone Community College District since July 2008. During that time her leadership of the college has resulted in sound fiscal management in the midst of statewide budget cuts over the course of five years; resolved issues threatening the college’s accreditation that she encountered on the first day she began her tenure as president; and a successfully passed bond for $349 million. The college is now in the first phases of new construction on core academic buildings of its Fremont campus.

Dr. Browning has an exceptionally wide range of professional experience, including teaching nearly every educational level, especially as a community college professor at Orange Coast College. Dr. Browning was the Associate Director at the ACCJC WASC, the accrediting commission for California Community Colleges, where she helped develop new accreditation standards that introduced Student Learning Outcomes. Before coming to Ohlone College, she served as Vice President of Instruction at College of the Desert, where she oversaw all instructional programs, off-campus sites, contract and community education, learning initiatives, institutional research and planning, grants, program planning for capital outlay, accreditation, and instructional support services.

She is fluent in Spanish and has served as president and in other leadership positions for California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL). She led a group of ESL experts to author California Pathways: The Second Language Student in Public High Schools, Colleges, and Universities.

Gari Browning grew up in the greater Los Angeles area, attended Cypress College, earned a baccalaureate degree from UC Irvine, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA. She lived in the Dominican Republic and Hawaii, where she taught at the Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra and University of Hawaii, respectively.

This year Gari Browning was honored as one of 2013’s Women of the Year Trailblazers by Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett, April 5, 2013.

She resides in Pleasanton, California, has two grown children and two young grandsons.