Jonathan Veitch Biography of the Occidental President
Jonathan Veitch was born in 1959. He went to Loyola High School before joining Stanford University for his bachelor’s degree. He earned his doctoral degree from Harvard University. Jonathan Veitch is the current president of Occidental College after serving as the dean of The New School’s Eugene Lang College and a professor at the University of Wisconsin. He has served as the chair of humanities and once as an associate provost before he became the dean. It was while he was serving as the dean, Jonathan Veitch started focusing on expanding the size of the Eugene Lang College, and seemed to take advantage of it as the urban-based liberal arts college.
Jonathan Veitch is well known for his strategic planning mounted on better positioning Occidental College’s future. This involved strengthening civic engagements, initiating global literacy programs and forming new partnerships with other premier institutions in Southern California. Since he assumed office in 2009, the college has seen the completion of the Samuelson Alumni Center as well as renovation and expansion of the Swan Hall, which is home to at least one-third of Oxy’s faculty.
The twenty-year plan has encompassed the renovations of the Johnson Hall, which is to host the McKinnon Family Center for Politics and Global Affairs. Veitch has managed to convince Rose Hills Foundation provide a grant to renovate Johnson Student Center. Veitch’s plan incorporates putting up a 1-megawatt solar array. The 1-megawatt solar array will be the first of its kind to be installed in a campus with a promising self-generation of 11 percent of Occidental’s annual usage in terms of electricity. Having realized that president Barrack Obama schooled here, Veitch has been able to pull strings to bring more students in, both nationally and internationally with a promising first class education privilege.
Jonathan Veitch is also an author of, “American Super realism: Nathanael West and the Politics of Representation in the 1930s”. His field of expertise ranges from 19th to 20th century literature and cultural history. Lately, he has been focusing on higher education history, specifically in the United States. During his tenure at Eugene Lang College, he was able to double the student numbers over the years. He only hopes that unlike his predecessors, he will live long in the president’s house, for at least ten years before he retires.
Having been born and raised in Los Angeles, depicts Jonathan Veitch has deep roots in the film industry. His step grandfather was the actor Allan Ladd and his father, John Veitch was the president of Columbia Picture’s Worldwide Productions. A leader in his own right, it will be interesting to see where Jonathan Veitch will take the Occidental College in the future.