Judge Richard O. Keller served on the Board of Trustees from November 24, 1976 to January 5, 1996, a total of nearly 20 years. Upon retirement from the Board, he was granted Emeritus status.
Judge Keller was highly regarded by the college community and his fellow Trustees for his professionalism, mutual respect, clear articulation of issues, and sound judgement. He steadfastly honored the role of the Board in policy issues rather than operational matters. Several times during his tenure, he served as Chair of the Board and did so with distinction. He was known for his inclusive style and fairness of approach.
Judge Keller was a Commissioner on the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior College for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges for ten years. He served on Ohlone accreditation standard committees. He also served as Board of Trustees’ representative to the California Association of Community Colleges.
Judge Keller supported student, classified staff, and faculty programs and services throughout his term as a Board Member. He worked diligently to facilitate the state funding for the Gary Soren Smith Center for the Fine and Performing Arts. He also exercised fiscal responsibility in assuring that the college maintained adequate reserves.
Judge Keller generously contributed his time in serving the communities of Fremont and Newark in many civic organizations and consistently promoted the values of Ohlone College.
After his retirement from the Board, he became an adjunct faculty member at Ohlone teaching law and was respected for his pragmatic approach and his ability to help students understand the law.