Fremont, Calif., October 10, 2019—Ohlone Community College District’s President/Superintendent, Dr. Gari Browning, has announced her plans to retire at the end of the 2019/20 academic year. The announcement came Wednesday evening at the Ohlone Community College District Board of Trustees meeting and later through an announcement to the campus community.
“After considerable soul searching and careful thought, I am announcing my retirement at the end of this academic year,” said Dr. Browning. “Ohlone is coming up on several important milestones this year, positioning the District for new leadership.”
Dr. Gari Browning, who has had a long career in community colleges and has served Ohlone for the past 12 years, will retire after completing several important milestones: leading the development of Ohlone’s 2020-25 Strategic Plan, celebrating the opening of the College’s new Academic Core buildings set for the spring of 2020, and completing an anticipated successful accreditation reaffirmation.
“I have been honored to be a partner in the great accomplishments of this very special institution,” said Dr. Browning. “The culture of evidence-based decisions and continuous improvement is inspiring. Most of all, I have appreciated the people at Ohlone. You care. And you are doing a superb job of putting students first.”
During her tenure at Ohlone, Dr. Browning’s leadership has resulted in sound fiscal management in the midst of statewide budget cuts; resolution of issues threatening the college's accreditation that she encountered on her first day as president of Ohlone; the successful passage of a $349 million bond; and the revitalization of the Fremont campus including the construction of three new academic buildings. She has connected the College to the Tri- Cities through her President’s Advisory Committee where leaders are invited to offer their insights on how the college can better meet the educational needs of the community. And she initiated the Ohlone College Promise scholarship, which offers local high school graduates fees, tuition, and books for two years at Ohlone.
The search for Browning’s replacement will begin in November with recruitment to begin shortly thereafter.