Ohlone College Receives $9.8 Million Donation
Fremont, Calif., November 28, 2018—The Ohlone College Foundation has received $9.8 million from East-Coast real-estate developer and retired contractor, Mr. Frank DiMino. The gift is the largest in Ohlone’s 51-year history and ranks as the fifth-largest donation ever given to a California Community College.
“It speaks volumes that someone from outside of the Bay Area, outside of the state, recognizes the value that Ohlone College provides,” says Dr. Gari Browning, President and Superintendent of the Ohlone Community College District. “We are so grateful to Mr. DiMino for this transformative gift. He has left his legacy here at Ohlone.”
Eight-million-dollars of the gift will go toward the Academic Core Project, helping to purchase and maintain furniture, fixtures, and equipment for three new Academic Core Buildings currently being constructed on the Ohlone College Fremont campus. The remainder will go to scholarships and academic program support.
In recognition of this gift, the Academic Core will be named the “The Frank DiMino Academic Core Complex.” The buildings will also be named after Mr. DiMino and will be called, the “Frank DiMino Science Center,” the "Frank DiMino Arts Center,” and the "Frank DiMino Learning Commons.”
The new buildings will improve accessibility by connecting the upper and lower campus and will include open spaces for group discussions and student meetings. They will house classrooms, laboratories, and office spaces coexisting on the same floors to encourage campus collaboration. The construction of the Academic Core Buildings is set to be completed by the fall of 2019.