Thursday, May 15, 2014 
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone Community College District

Ishan Shah being sworn in by Ohlone Board Chair Garrett Yee.

Fremont, CA—Last night at a special meeting of the Ohlone College Board of Trustees, Ishan Shah was appointed as a new board member to fill a vacancy left by Kevin Bristow who resigned after moving out of the Ohlone College District in March 2014. From a field of five well-qualified candidates, the Board appointed Shah, a small business owner and former Ohlone student, to serve until the next election in November 2014. Shah is the first Indo-American board member to serve on the Ohlone College Board of Trustees.

Shah spent the past two years at the University of Southern California majoring in political science, during which time he appointed by Governor Brown to serve on the Student Aid Commission. The commission was instrumental in implementing the California Dream Act and preparing for the Middle Class Scholarship. Prior to that Shah served in an appointed position as a Commissioner of Human Relations for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, advising the board on matters including education, employment and public safety.

In responding to questions presented by the Ohlone College Board of Trustees, during the interview portion of the decision making process, Shah mentioned that his experience with Ohlone College extends back to his participation in Ohlone for Kids as a youth and continued as a student in high school through college. Shah participated in student government at Ohlone and ran for office previously as a candidate for the Board. He stated that he feels he brings his experiences of a recent student as well as an understanding of the current issues, from developing the frontage property through the latest accreditation visit to the table.

When asked what he felt was the role of a Trustee, he responded that a Trustee is involved in direction setting, monitoring progress and making adjustments. He emphasized that while board members are involved in establishing policy, the Board does not intervene with implementing policy and the running of the College—issues that have been important to this Board in the past.

Shah’s most recent post on his Facebook page says, “I'm very grateful to the Ohlone College Board for appointing me as the newest Trustee for the Ohlone Community College District. It's been a long day.”

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