Frank Nakasako was hired as one of the first Counseling Faculty in the fall of 1968, the beginning of Ohlone’s second academic year. He had been a Counselor at Newark High School and when he heard of openings for Counselors at Ohlone, he saw it as a wonderful opportunity.
After a few years, Frank’s leadership and management skills were recognized and in 1972 he was selected as the Director of Evening Programs and Community Services. In 1977, he became Assistant Dean of the Hearing-Impaired Program and Special Services.
Frank was a passionate advocate for the mission of the community college, especially the “open door” access for students of all ability levels. He was dedicated to helping students with special needs.
Frank was widely respected as someone who really listened to others, including faculty, staff and students. He was known for his optimism and “can do” attitude.
Although Frank officially retired at the end of the 1987-88 academic year, his expertise and knowledge of the college and its programs led to him being called back into service on several occasions. In 1991, he served as Acting Athletic Director. In both 1992 and 2000, he served as Acting Division Director for Counseling Services.
In his retirement years, Frank has done a lot of international traveling. He completed two items on his bucket list: one was walking on the Great Wall of China in 1992 and the other was climbing Mountain Fuji in 2005. Frank reported he has been enjoying the good life with family, wonderful friends, playing tennis, gardening, following the Giants and Warriors to championships, and playing a lot of cards with friends.