Jonathan Veitch, Author and President of Occidental College

Jonathan Veitch is known in today’s educational world as the president of Occidental College located in Los Angeles, California. He became president of this prestigious College in 2009 at the age of fifty.

Jonathan Veitch was born in 1959. He was raised in Southern California where he attended Loyola High School. He eventually went on to receive a bachelor’s degree with honors from Stanford University and furthered his education by receiving his doctoral degree in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University.

In 2009, he was appointed president of the prestigious Occidental College. He succeeded Robert Skotheim as president of Occidental College. Prior to his current presidential position at Occidental College, Jonathan Vietch previously was a professor at the University of Wisconsin, as well as dean of The New School’s Eugene Lang College. Since being appointed to Occidental College, he has worked tirelessly with his faculty and staff to try and improve relations between the college and the surrounding communities.

During his first four years as president, Jonathan Vietch, with the help of his staff, have raised sixty-five million dollars to help fund improvements for the college. He lives on campus with his wife and his children and is the first native Angeleno to ever be president at Occidental College.

Jonathan Veitch is also widely known as having academic interest and knowledge of modern American literature and culture. He has been a strong yet educated and articulate critic of literature. This has made him an important and well respected individual.

Not only is Jonathan Veitch a well educated, professor, dean and president, he is also a well respected author of award winning American Superrealism: Nathanael West and the Politics of Representation in the 1930s. His fields of academic specialty which are the nineteenth and twentieth century American literature,American film and cultural history have helped him to not only be a successful president of Occidental College, but also a renowned author as well.

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