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May 04, 2004

Gavilan College Vice Presidents Martin Johnson and John Baker to retire.

Martin L. Johnson, Gavilan College Vice President for Instruction and Dr. John Baker, Gavilan College Vice President for Student Services, have announced their retirements, following long careers in education. Both will conclude their duties before the start of fall classes in mid August. The college had already been planning to combine the two positions on an interim basis as a cost saving measure. At their May meeting, Gavilan College Trustees are expected to appoint the interim vice president.

Martin Johnson has been at Gavilan College for nineteen years, including six months as interim Superintendent/President in 2002. As Vice President of Instruction, he worked to accomplish a comprehensive college reorganization, including the revitalization of vocational programs and the development of digital media, network administration, and engineering programs. Before becoming Vice President of Instruction in 1998, he was an instructor of physics, mathematics and engineering. He served as Department Chair for five years, Technology Preparation Coordinator, and Contract Education Coordinator. In 1995 he was elected Teacher of the Year by the college faculty. Before coming to Gavilan College, Martin Johnson was the Executive Director of Community Services at Ford Rod, CA following 20 years in the United States Army. In the army he served in a variety of executive level assignments as an army engineer officer, and commanded an engineer battalion at the rank of lieutenant colonel. At Gavilan College he has made significant contributions in Strategic Planning, and the creation of organizational systems, with a focus on outcomes, process and excellence.

John Baker joined Gavilan College as Vice President of Student Services in 2001. He has spent over thirty years working at community colleges, including as Vice President of Student Services at San Diego Mesa College. His resume also includes experience as Dean of Students at the College of Alarmed, and Director of Counseling at Ohlone Community College. Baker earned his ed. at Nova University in 1980, in the field of Community College Education/Administration. He earned his M.S. in 1971, at San Francisco State University in the field of Rehabilitation Counseling. His B.A. in Sociology/Anthroplogy was granted in 1963 at Willamette University. At Gavilan College, he became a consistent voice for the college and students at the state level and in the community. He instituted Learning Outcomes in the Student Services area, and made Gavilan College a statewide leader in the field.

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