Dr. Douglas Treadway became Ohlone’s fifth President/Superintendent in July 2003, having previously been President/Superintendent of Shasta College in Redding, California. He retired from Ohlone in 2008, after five years of service.
Dr. Treadway served the District with the highest integrity, enthusiasm, and dedication in a thoroughly professional manner. His vision, values, and inspirational leadership consistently represented the mission of Ohlone College and the spirit of the Ohlone Indians who came before us.
Dr. Treadway pursued many opportunities, keeping Ohlone students at the heart of his every effort. His numerous and notable innovations and accomplishments earned the respect and admiration of the community, Ohlone students, College faculty, staff, and administration. During his tenure enrollment at Ohlone grew by 10 percent, with a total enrollment at the college exceeding 19,000 students annually.
Under Dr. Treadway’s visionary leadership, the Ohlone College Newark Campus was planned and construction on Cherry Street in Newark. The135,000 square-foot, t $118 million facility, using funds from the Measure A local bond measure, opened in January 2008 with an enrollment close to 3,000 students during its first semester. As one of the founders of the American Association of Sustainability in Higher Education, Dr. Treadway led Ohlone to adopt an environmental sustainability policy that has resulted in LEED platinum certification for the Newark Campus from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Dr. Treadway was also a strong advocate for international education. His leadership directed several partnership development trips to China and resulted in the creation of the International Educational Exchange and Training Center in Suzhou, China. He also led the development of the Ohlone College International Education Programs and Services Office with a full time Director. This office created a highly successful English Language Institute, significantly increased the number of international students at Ohlone, and developed and coordinated numerous international faculty exchange programs.
Dr. Treadway espoused the Learning College concept recognizing that all involved in the college, students and employees, were learners. He promoted active and participatory learning and encouraged development of Learning Communities. Dr. Treadway facilitated development high school dual enrollment through the College Connection program whereby high school seniors take their senior year at the college augmented by college classes. He created a Partnership with Alliant International University for an in-house doctoral program for faculty and administrators, which has had numerous graduates.
Dr. Treadway’s most important legacy was putting learning and multicultural awareness, an environmental stewardship, at the center of all decision making at the college. Under his leadership, Ohlone truly became a “World of Cultures United in Learning”.