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D on’t call Gavilan College “sleepy” or “old fashioned” on the watch of its new Superintendent/President, Kathleen Rose. “All of its cobwebs are cleaned off,” she told TODAY — both literally and virtually. “I want people to recognize Gavilan as a place teeming with innovation, ideas, and creativity. You can come here as an entrepreneur, a thinker, an analyst, a critical thinker on almost any level and grow,” she said. Growth is the key word in the future of Gavilan College under Rose’s leader- ship. The college, which was founded in Gilroy in 1966, is in the process of increasing its enrollment and expanding programs, both on its main Gilroy campus and in its satellite branches. The freshly unveiled, revamped college website shows the many paths the college is taking under its dedicated new CEO, who rolls in from Monterey by 7:30 am every morning, and doesn’t leave most days until 7 pm. While she may be new to the role of President, Rose is a seasoned educator with a 34-year career in education, a single mother who raised two daughters, and fresh from the role of Vice President of Gavilan, which she held for seven years. In fact, more gmh accurately, she’s straddling both roles until Gavilan finds a new VP, hopefully by the new year. Her job, she said, is “exhilarating and exhausting” not only because of her many hats, but she’s steering the helm at a time when Gavilan is in the process of major expansion in many areas. Rose, who claims that her door “is always open” to anyone, at any time— students, faculty, and inquiring minds— is dedicated to increasing Gavilan’s programming by increasing her outreach to the four unique communities it serves in Morgan Hill, Gilroy, Hollister and San Benito County. In order to achieve this, Rose instituted “coffee and conversation” events over the summer in the four geographical communities, where she showed up in person and made herself available to answer any and all ques- tions people had for her. She hopes to do something similar in the spring because she feels it’s important that Gavilan is “respon