Occidental College president, who weathered campus racial turbulence, to step down

January 29, 2019

Occidental College President Jonathan Veitch, who weathered turbulent campus protests over sexual assault and racial inequity, will step down next year, the school’s board of trustees announced Sunday.

Veitch, 59, said he is resigning voluntarily because he longs to return to teaching, research and writing — passions he put on hold while leading the Eagle Rock liberal arts college that President Obama attended for two years. Trustees will begin a national search for his successor.

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