Bill Blum was hired in February 1967 as the first Dean of Students at Ohlone College. As one of the Founding Administrators, he was significantly involved in the establishment and opening of the college in September 1967 at the temporary Serra Campus on Washington Boulevard in Fremont. He was also involved in the planning and the move to the permanent Fremont Campus on Mission Boulevard in 1974. Bill retired from Ohlone in May 1996, after 29 years of dedicated service. Upon retirement, he was granted Emeritus status.
As the first Dean of Students, he was hired before classes began and was involved in developing and implementing all aspects of student services for the new college. He was active in outreaching to the district high schools and working with the first group of students to form a student government. He developed the application and registration process and monitored enrollments. Bill provided able leadership in creating counseling services for students.
After 10 years as Dean, Bill changed his status to full-time faculty member. He played a significant role in establishing and maintaining the quality of the offerings in the Psychology Department. Over the years, he made contributions to both student services and instruction.
Bill was a strong advocate for the community college mission. He cared about students and their success. His leadership helped build a solid foundation of student services at Ohlone from the very beginnings of the college.