Author of an award winning book, Jonathan Veitch is an expert in 19th and 20th century American history, literature, and film. His passion is no accident, as his father was president of production for Columbia Pictures and his grandfather was an actor and producer. Born in Los Angeles, Veitch spent a significant amount of time away before returning to the valley. Building a career in academia spanning the country, Veitch earned his Doctorate from Harvard following his undergraduate work at Stanford. He then taught in Wisconsin for several years and, most recently, New York City as dean of The New School’s Eugene Lang College, an urban liberal arts school. Returning to the West Coast to take the seat as President of Occidental College, a competitive and growing liberal arts school as the next step in his journey.
Veitch’s commitment to a well-balanced community is evident in his creation and fostering of partnerships with the community. His efforts to bridge the divide, often found between schools and the communities they are a part of, is admirable. Strong and confident leadership applied with genuine care for those involved is necessary to strike such cooperation and move forward. Veitch exemplifies these traits.
Residing on campus with his family, Veitch takes care of the college like a home, preserving it and improving it for future generations. A true lover of history he has renovated some of the oldest buildings on campus, including 100 year old Swan Hall in lieu of completely new construction. Not a stranger to utilizing new technology however, a 1-megawatt solar array was erected on campus and will help the college utilize renewable energy for approximately 11% of its needs.
Since taking office in 2009, Veitch has instituted new policies, procedures, and major changes to the physical and social landscapes of Occidental. More than halfway through his projected 10-year run, Veitch has already made major improvements to Occidental College. As a member of the community, he takes into account the climate of the community and responds to their concerns and desires regarding the college. In his short time at Occidental he has already instituted great change of direction and will likely do so as long as he holds office. He is building a legacy which is sure to have long lasting effects on the neighborhood of Eagle Rock, the surrounding area, and the lives of his students.Read more