On Monday, May 6, Village Council members appointed Josue Salmeron ’06 as the new Village Manager. Salmeron will begin in June, before the current Village Manager, Patti Bates, retires.
In an article covering the new Village Manager appointment in the Yellow Springs News (linked below), Salmeron expressed excitement about moving back to Yellow Springs after 13 years — he met his wife, Tania Hutchinson ’08, while at Antioch College and even volunteered as a firefighter/EMT for Miami Township Fire-Rescue. Holding a BS in Biological and Biomedical Sciences from Antioch College, Salmeron also has an MBA from Virginia Tech. He has most recently been managing director for Community Impact Strategies in Silver Spring, MD, near Washington, D.C.
Village Council members were excited that Salmeron was a “nontraditional candidate” who could provide a different leadership perspective during a time of change in the Village. They discussed their confidence in the transferable skills Salmeron has built during his career in D.C., including managing finances, funding, contracts, assets, partnerships, and programs with a focus on community development. Salmeron has even served on the Board of a credit union.
During a roundtable, meet-the-candidates lunch at Antioch College’s Birch Kitchen, Salmeron spoke to a mixed crowd of College students, faculty, and staff; Yellow Springs residents; and community and nonprofit leaders. He answered questions about his view of the position, affordable housing and mixed-income neighborhoods, criticism in the workplace, and more with an emphasis on his own personal experience, education, and data.
In his candidate profile for the Yellow Springs News, Salmeron wrote, “Like many Antiochians, I attended Antioch to acquire the training to win a victory for humanity. Much of my professional and personal endeavors have been to improve the quality of life for the various communities I have served.” Villagers and campus community alike are eager to see his leadership in action.