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Let’s Get To Know Jonathan Veitch

Jonathan Veitch was born in 1959 in Los Angeles, California. He is an award winning author of the article American Superrealism: Nathanael West and the Politics of Representation in the 1930s. Vietch also focuses on the history of a higher education in the United States. His academic specialties focuses on 19th- and 20th-century American literature. He obtained degrees from Stanford University and Harvard University, which is where he graduated with a doctoral degree in the History of American Civilization. Vietch began is teaching career in the English department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He then became Dean of the New School’s Eugene Lang College located in New York City. Vietch focused on growing Lang College to take advantage of it being an urban liberal arts college.

After being employed as Dean at Lang Collge, Vietch became president of Occidnetal College in Los Angeles. He focused on several areas at Occidental College. He helped to establish the future of the college by improving the arts, global literacy, and civil engagement programs. He also established new unions with different cultural institutions. Jonathan renovated old buildings to bring them up to date. Vietch oversaw the expansion of Swan Hall, which is a 98 year old building that incorporates one-third of administration and faculty. He also had the construction finished on the new alumni center. Samuelson Alumni Center is the first permanent housing facility for alumni since the college was constructed. The construction of the new alumni center is also built to utilize green and energy saving features. Some of the green features include extra insulation, LED lighting, and photovoltaic skylights.

The top improvement Vietch contributed to at Occidental College is the building and completion of a 1 megawatt solar array. This collection of solar panels generate up to 11% of the energy used at the college, saving the college over $200,00 a year. There are close to 5,000 solar panels located on the campus. Occidental College is believed to have the largest field of solar panels on a smaller urban college.

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