Jonathan Veitch, born in 1959, joined the Occidental College in 2009 pacifying the leadership of this institution. He succeeded interim president Robert Skothism, giving the Occidental College a new identity. Before joining the Occidental, Jonathan served at the University of Wisconsin as a Professor and dean of the New School. It is after working for one year in the Occidental that the institution got some relief from previous management problems that were threatening to bring its operations to a halt. Jonathan has maintained his humility to the neighboring communities and all stakeholders of this great institution, something that has earned the Occidental a better image.
In his early years of life, Veitch attended the Loyal High School located in southern California. He later proceeded to the Stanford University for his bachelor’s degree. Although acquiring his skills was not an easy road, Veitch furthered his education at the Harvard University and acquired doctoral degree in the History of American Civilization. All his efforts to acquire skills have been seen on the way he has managed to handle a staggering institution until it gained motion and stability. Veitch can be termed as one of the most creative managers. Judging from the time he has served at the Occidental College, one can tell that tremendous changes have taken place under his leadership.
Veitch is a proponent of cohesion and peace building. For many years since he came to office, he has been trying his best to bring surrounding communities together. He managed to settle a rife dispute that existed over the expansion of the campus, an attempt that would cover community land. Considering that such a development could have a negative impact to the neighboring communities, Veitch voted for commensurate measures to be embraced so as to curb more scandals. He proposed the reuse of University buildings instead of setting up new halls on that land.
As the author of award-winning American Superrealism: Nathanael West and the Politics of Representation in the 1930s, he managed to capture topics that have been preserved for academic importance to date. Therefore, he is considered as a great contributor when it comes to matters pertaining education. Admissions have gone up since he assumed office in 2009 and the future of this college is predictably greater. He invited leaders to discuss urban transportation and environmental inventiveness. This decision led to the transformation of the area’s transport system to a more streamlined network for the benefit of the community.