Of the many individuals who are the heads of colleges and universities in America, a notable name is Jonathan Veitch.
Jonathan Veitch was born in Los Angeles, California in 1959 to parents Carol Lee and John Veitch. In his younger years Veitch attended Loyola High School in California, and then from there enrolled in Stanford University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English and American literature. Upon completing undergrad, Veitch then on to attend Harvard University for graduate studies, where he received a doctoral degree in History of American Civilization.
After completing school, Veitch’s first endeavor was to become an associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1993. A year later, Veitch was awarded for his work by being named the dean of Eugene Lang College and stayed there on tenure for the next four years. He then had his first book published, entitled “American Superrealism: Nathanael West and the Politics of Representation in the 1930s,” which finally became so in 1997.
At the end of his time as dean of Eugene Lang, Veitch then went on the president of Occidental College in his hometown of Los Angeles, California. In 2009 he succeeded the then-president Robert Skotheim as the fifteenth president of Occidental College and has taken steps to mend relations between the college and the surrounding areas. For example, he has decided to help cut down on how much the college campus should expand after local neighborhoods made their complaints about space. This was also due to neighbors having to bear the brunt of students hosting loud frat parties close to them.
April of 2013 marked the start of one of Veitch’s projects on campus, as he successfully introduced a solar array onto Occidental’s campus, which would be part of the energy supply for the school.
In conclusion, Jonathan Veitch is a notable figure in terms of college life, having taken steps to improve Occidental College and some of his home city as far as their surroundings and safety go.