Clay Bell was hired in September, 1968 and retired in, May, 2000, after 32 years of dedicated and distinguished service. Upon retirement, he was granted Emeritus status.
Clay was one of the Pioneer Faculty at the Serra Campus on Washington Boulevard in Fremont. He was actively involved in founding the Counseling Department for the college and was involved in the preparations for the move to the Mission Boulevard Campus in 1974 and establishing counseling services there.
Clay was an outstanding counselor and cared deeply for the students at Ohlone. He assisted countless numbers of students with their educational and career planning. He was well known for his enthusiastic teaching style in his Personal Development and College Survival Skills classes.
Clay served the college through participation on numerous committees including service on many faculty and staff hiring committees, the Technology Committee and the Budget Committee. He also served as the Regional Counseling Representative to Region IV and supported the improvement of counseling and instruction at Ohlone and in the region. As a Representative of the Region IV Consortium participated in the development and implementation of the Statewide ASSIST Counseling Program. For many years, Clay coordinated College Night, working with local high schools and other colleges to allow local high school students to learn about their options for higher education.
Clay was always out in front on technology advancements and was instrumental in setting up one of the colleges first Local Area Networks for the Counseling Department and implemented the first on-line “Electronic Counselor.” He served as the College researcher and Director of Assessment, until these tasks were replaced by permanent positions. Clay mentored other counselors and faculty in the use of computers in their work. He was also the lead in creating and maintaining the Counseling Department’s webpage.