Smith, Dave: Executive Director of Ohlone College Foundation

Dave Smith was employed at Ohlone College for six years, retiring in December 2011.  During his tenure he made a significant impact on the college, on the community and on the Foundation – leaving a legacy that will be difficult to match.

As Director of the Capital Campaign for the Ohlone College Newark Center, which was then under construction, Dave secured a $2.5 million matching grant from the Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation.  He raised $1.7 million of matching funds, for a total of $3.4 million for furnishings and equipment at the Ohlone College Newark Center.  Dave coined the phrase, “The Greenest College in the World”, ensuring that Ohlone is now known nationwide as a leader in environmentally friendly and sustainable building practices.

Dave increased the amount of scholarships awarded to Ohlone students from less than $20,000 in 2006-07 to over $100,000 in 2011-12.  He developed the HOSTS Scholarship program – Helping One Student To Succeed allowing donors to create named scholarships for a single $500 donation to a student for one semester, significantly increasing our donor base and benefiting a much greater number of students.

Over the course of Dave’s tenure as Executive Director of the Foundation, gifts, grants and donations to the Foundation have exceeded $5,000,000.  He implemented the mini-grant program, allowing the College to award grant funds from the Foundation to implement program improvement objectives as part of the strategic planning process.

Dave worked tirelessly in the community to help ensure the passage of Measure G Bond, going on speaking engagements, using his friendships and knowledge of the community to have a far reach in forming good bonds that helped us to pass the bond by a good margin.

Dave has been a trustworthy friend, a reliable colleague, an innovative leader, and a faithful champion for the entire Ohlone College family.