Dr. Neil H. McCallum was a very important and influential leader in the early growth and development of Ohlone College, serving the college for a period of 22 years from 1969 to 1991. It is with great sadness we report that Dr. McCallum passed away unexpectedly in April 2016 after a short illness.
Dr. McCallum was hired at Ohlone in 1969 as a Counselor for Financial Aid at the temporary Serra Campus. The next year he was appointed as Director (Dean) of Arts and Sciences. In 1975, one year after the college moved from the Serra Campus to the permanent campus on Mission Boulevard, Dr. McCallum was appointed as Dean (Vice President) of Instruction.
For the next 16 years Dr. McCallum provided visionary, yet steady, academic leadership for the college. Under his astute direction the, college curriculum and student enrollment experienced tremendous growth. He was involved with the college wide policy development and worked with community groups and service organizations to improve the community. He was always supportive, extending an open door to respond to the concerns of faculty and staff, achieving consensus among campus constituencies.
Dr. McCallum served as the college liaison to the accrediting commission, supervised and directed the development of the colleges self-studies, and served on accrediting teams. He was instrumental in recruiting and retaining a distinguished faculty. His participation and leadership in the development of Ohlone College constitutes a bridge and enduring legacy.
Even after his retirement in 1991 Dr. McCallum continued his contributions to Ohlone when he came back to serve as the Interim Director of the Newark Ohlone Center at the MacGregor School site. And as a dedicated friend of the college, Dr. McCallum continued to attend college events over the years.