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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

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