.Campus Man: College of Marin’s Jonathan Eldridge

Jonathan Eldridge grew up in Washington State, but his career in higher education has led him down the coast to Marin. At the moment, he is the tallest college president in California, at 6 feet, 6 inches tall.

What do you do? I’m the College of Marin’s 11th superintendent/president.

Where do you live? My family and I live in Upper Lucas Valley.

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How long have you lived in Marin? We have lived in the county for about 10 years now.

Where can we find you when you’re not at work? I may be walking with our dog in the neighborhood; at my daughter’s swim meets; at the college’s amazing music, theater and athletic events; or losing golf balls at McInnis Park.

If you had to convince someone how awesome Marin is, where would you take them? This may sound self-serving, but I’d take them on a tour of the college’s two campuses. Amazing views of Marin, great architecture, so many partnerships with Marin groups and agencies—and our students give a great sense of Marin’s bright, engaged future.

What’s one thing Marin is missing? I’d like to see a more comprehensive approach to climate action, which includes scaling transportation alternatives, embracing workforce housing and working collaboratively across sectors.

What’s one bit of advice you’d share with your fellow Marinites? Take a class at College of Marin—there’s something for everyone!

If you could invite anyone to a special dinner, who would they be? My son, Jack, passed away from cancer 10 years ago at the age of 10.

What is some advice you wish you knew 20 years ago? Conflict can only thrive if you choose to participate in it.

What is something that 20 years from now will seem cringeworthy? Probably my entire wardrobe!

Big question. What is one thing you’d do to change the world? Ensure equitable educational opportunities for everyone.

Keep up with Eldridge at @presidenteldridge on Instagram.

Nish Nadaraja was on the founding team at Yelp, serves on the San Anselmo Arts Commission and wishes there were a class on Dungeons & Dragons he could take.


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