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“The best decision I’ve made in all my years as a Gavilan College trustee was to hire Steve Kinsella. Gavilan has been fortunate to have him as its president for 13 years. I wish him and Linda the best in their retirement.” During Steve’s tenure the college also established a Veterans Resource Center, run by student-veterans, to help incoming veterans transition smoothly from military to campus and civilian life. In March of this year, the Association for California Community College Administrators honored Steve with a Distinguished Administrator Award for his 25 years as an exemplary administrator and educator. Serving the Community Among the local business and community leaders who’ve come to know Steve well is Jeff Perkins, SVP and Regional Manager of Heritage Bank. Jeff and Steve have served together on the boards of the Morgan Hill Community Foundation, the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce, and currently on the board of the Gilroy Economic Development Committee. Steve also held past board positions with Leadership Morgan Hill and Gilroy Gardens. According to Jeff, “Steve’s a very 16 pragmatic, even-tempered guy. If I walk into a meeting and there’s a seat open next to him, that’s where I’m going to sit. He likes to come together and get things done.” In 2012, Steve was honored by the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce as Educator of the Year at its Celebrate Morgan Hill event. In his acceptance speech he said, “This award is for the faculty, the administrators and staff, and the board of trustees of Gavilan College. The trustees are completely in sync with the community. On campus, everyone knows the board is student-focused, setting policies for student success that have become a model for others to follow.” Ahh Retirement Linda Kinsella retired in 2015 after running her own business, an online video guest book service for weddings and other special events. The Kinsellas just celebrated their 36 th wedding anniversary, and Linda is eager for Steve to join her in retirement. GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN MAY/JUNE 2016 “Steve has worked very hard through his entire career,” Linda said. “It’s time for us to enjoy Morgan Hill, spend more time with family, and do some traveling!” Steve and Linda have fond memories of raising their three children in Morgan Hill. Today, their eldest daughter, Jessica is a vice president with JP Morgan and lives with her husband in Morgan Hill. Their son Mark works at Chase Bank and lives in San Jose. And their younger daughter Felisha lives in southern California with her husband and son. “Linda and I have been on a tremendous journey together,” Steve said. “Education has been a huge part of our family over the years. It has allowed me to progress and succeed in what I chose as my career path. I encourage parents and others in the community to be aware of what is happening in our schools and to let local and state leaders know what’s needed to give our young adults the quality education and training they need and deserve.” AND Laura Perry, Esq. Gavilan Community College Graduate and Member of the Board of Trustees