Jonathan Veitch, born in 1959, went to high school in southern California at Loyola High. He then attended college at Stanford University where he received his bachelor’s degree. From Stanford, Jonathan went on to Harvard University to obtain his doctoral degree in History of American Civilizations.
Jonathan served as a professor at the University of Wisconsin in the English department. He was also Dean of The New School’s Eugene Lang College before he succeeded Robert Skotheim as President of Occidental (Oxy) College in 2009. Jonathan is the first president to be a native Angeleno at Oxy.
Oxy had some tough years before Jonathan took over as president, having gone through 4 presidents since 2005. Once there he launched a new strategic planning process. This plan brought faculty, staff, trustees, alumni and senior administrators together to look at the future of the college. Some of the ideas their combined thoughts brought about were:
* Civic Engagement
* Undergraduate Research
* Diversity-Equity and Excellence
* The Arts
* Global Citizenship
* The Residential College and Developing the Whole Student
Committees were brought together as a result of this planning and would focus on these shared commitments to gain better financial sustainability, and focus on the landscape of higher education. Each of the groups met at town hall meetings to share its results with the community.
Veitch made a lot of progress within his first couple years at Oxy, and has a plan for its future marked with destinations. His mission, the mission of Occidental College, is to provide a gifted and diverse group of students with the highest educational experience. Jonathan Veitch sees this liberal college as being recognized; the most distinctive urban liberal college in the country.
With Jonathan’s leadership they have completed the construction of the new Samuelson Alumni Center and have renovated the 98 year old Swan Hall. Also being repaired and updated is the interior of the historic Johnson Hall as well the new McKinnon Family Center for Politics and Global Affairs being created.
This Los Angels native has brought a new and promising future to Occidental College.