Campus News

Who is Blanche Villar?

September 9, 2021

Yvonne Gay

A portrait of a middle-aged woman wearing with arms resting on a table.
Blanche Villar, administrative assistant.
Photo credit: Bryan Rubin ’18

Blanche Villar started her 30-year career at Oberlin College in the Office of Residential Educational Housing. Find out where Villar can be found now in this installment of Who Am I?


Name: Blanche Villar

Department and location on campus: Hispanic Studies, French and Italian, and  Oberlin Center for Languages and Cultures in Peters Hall

Job title: Departmental Secretary II

What does your job entail? Supporting the faculty and staff of my three departments, managing the daily operations of the departments, and reserve the classrooms in Peters.

How many years at Oberlin? Thirty-one. I started in what is now known as the Office of Residential Education Housing.

Favorite place in Oberlin and why? Peters Hall. I think it's the most beautiful building on campus.

What do you enjoy most about your job? Interacting with students and working with the most amazing faculty and staff in my departments.

Hobbies? Love music, dancing, spending time with my five grandchildren and volunteering in my church.

Nickname(s)? Nana, as my grandchildren call me.

Favorite food? Mexican food

Favorite Movie? The Notebook

Favorite Quote? “Every one of us is equal. Every one of us has worth. Every one of us matters,” by President Barack Obama

You may also like…

Who is Amanda Phillips?

April 1, 2022

Part of Amanda Phillips’ job as assistant director of athletics communications is to attend almost every home game event, serve as game photographer, and write post-game recaps. Find out what the other half of her job entails in this installment of Who Am I?
A portrait of a woman.

Who is C.J. Blair?

March 25, 2022

Ever wonder what species of frog is bellowing in your backyard on late summer nights? Invite C.J. Blair ’18 over. He has a talent for identifying several species of frog by their calls. He’s also responsible for ToadsCo, the amphibian-themed ExCo at Oberlin College. Learn more about Blair—including why his favorite childhood memories involve possums, boa constrictors, and fawns—in this installment of Who Am I?
A man holds on to a wire rope while kneeling in the snow.

Who is Josh Teaster?

March 17, 2022

Josh Teaster, associate director of Conservatory of Music Admissions, is always up for exploring a reef, but it’s the shipwrecks in the depths of the Great Lakes that he finds most exhilarating. Learn more about Teaster in this installment of Who Am I?
A picture of a man wearing scuba diving gear.