Eric Bishop Will Be the First African American President of Ohlone College in California

Eric Bishop was selected as the seventh president of Ohlone College in Fremont, California. When he takes office in June, Dr. Bishop will be the first African American to lead the college.

Ohlone College is a two-year institution that enrolls slightly more than 8,800 students, according to the latest data supplied to the U.S. Department of Education. African Americans are just 3 percent of the student body.

Dr. Bishop currently is the head of student services and legislative engagement for Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, California. He has been at Chaffey College since 2007 serving in roles such as dean of the Fontana campus, interim dean of physical education and athletics, director of student discipline and grievance, and vice president of student services.

Dr. Bishop has also served as associate dean of academic support and retention at the University of La Verne in California where he taught journalism and mass media studies full time for seven years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism, a master’s degree in communications, and an educational doctorate, all from the University of La Verne.


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