Tom Harland was hired as the second full-time Art faculty member in September 1970. As a Pioneer Faculty member on the Serra Campus, he helped shape the curriculum of the college and assisted with the moving of the college and its programs to the Mission Boulevard campus in 1974. Tom retired in 2001, after 31 years of dedicated service. Upon retirement, he was granted Emeritus status.
Tom was highly committed to students and their learning. He assisted in the design and development of Ohlone’s outstanding art program and curriculum. He was of great assistance in the design of the Louie Art Gallery in the Smith Center.
Tom established the Student Art League at Ohlone, which provided scholarships for Summer Study in Italy. He was the key leader in finding donors for the scholarships and organizing recognition for the donors. He also organized the summer studies in Italy.
Tom was an outstanding teacher of design, drafting, drawing, printmaking, and interior design, as well as the interdisciplinary survey or arts class, Art / Music / Theatre 100, which he helped develop.
Tom exemplified the high standards of teaching excellence during his career at Ohlone.