Fremont, Calif., April 8, 2020—The Ohlone Community College District Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Dr. Eric Bishop as the next College president, replacing Dr. Gari Browning who will be retiring in June.
“We are happy to welcome Dr. Bishop as the seventh president for Ohlone College,” said Board Chair Richard Watters. “It’s been an extensive nation-wide search process and we have a good feeling about what lies ahead for Ohlone under this new leadership.”
Dr. Bishop currently serves as the Associate Superintendent of Student Services and Legislative Engagement for Chaffey College, in Rancho Cucamonga, California. In his present role at Chaffey, Dr. Bishop oversees all of the student services for the college and facilitates the college’s government relations—working with local, state and federal officials on behalf of the college.
Among his many accomplishments, one of his most impactful achievements is establishing a partnership with Chaffey College and the surrounding K-12 school districts to create an institutionalized college going culture among their feeder schools. This partnership created a pathway that encourages their youngest residents to consider college as part of their future. The I've Begun My Path to College program is one that has lasting impact as it connects with students, at their earliest ages, and introduces them to the college-going mindset.
“I am excited about the opportunity to bring my higher education experience and leadership to Ohlone College and work with a community of individuals who have a shared interest in serving their students and community,” says Dr. Bishop. “I look forward to furthering the work of Dr. Browning and providing a new lens of leadership to Ohlone’s talented and dedicated faculty and staff. I also am eager to get to know the students more. I want to hear their stories and understand what made them choose Ohlone and what keeps them here.”
Dr. Bishop has been at Chaffey College since 2007 and has served as Dean of the Fontana Campus, Interim Dean of Physical Education and Athletics, Director of Student Discipline and Grievance, and Vice President of Student Services. Additionally, he serves on the state-wide Chief Student Services Officers Association Executive Board, representing the 12 colleges in the Inland Empire.
Prior to his work at Chaffey College, he served as Associate Dean of Academic Support and Retention at the University of La Verne where he taught journalism and mass media studies full time for seven years. He currently serves as an adjunct faculty member for the University of La Verne, as well as in the doctoral program at San Diego State University. He also sits as the chair on the Bethany Theological Seminary Board of Trustees in Richmond, Indiana.
Dr. Bishop is an avid sports fan and enjoys listening to audio books, especially James Patterson or anything with a suspenseful plot. He also enjoys listening to music and spending as much time as he can with his wife and 9-year old daughter.
“We look forward to welcoming Dr. Bishop and his family to the Ohlone community, and look forward to his leadership in guiding the district into a new era,” says Richard Watters.