For years, Occidental College, located in Los Angeles, struggled with maintaining a strong student body and a strong connection with the local community. In fact, between 2005 and 2009, the school went through five different presidents. The job either released the individuals or they went on to seek employment somewhere else. This makes it difficult to have any sort of continuity with the staff and what is going on in the college, as it really needs a stable and strong minded individual in order to guide the school through to bigger and better things. That is exactly how Jonathan Veitch has improved the school and, since he came over from Harvard University after receiving his doctorate.
When Jonathan arrived at the school around 2009, it really was in a mess. Nobody looked favorably on the school in the community due it being seen as a party college, while students had dropped off and attendance was at one of the lowest levels it had been in for some time. Jonathan has managed to turn all of this around. First of all, regarding attendance, after it was released that Jonathan Veitch points out that President Obama spent two years at Occidental College, enrollment has drastically increased. It has actually grown every single year since he took over, and while the schools suffered setbacks during the downturn economy, Occidental has actually increased and added students, which gives the school not only more money through tuition to improve courses and services, but it also increases the amount of money the school is able to receive through the state government as well. Due to this, it is at a point of financial prosperity the school has not been in possible in the history of the school.
Now, beyond this, the local community did not have a favorable eye on the school before Jonathan took over as president. Many of the locals living in the community did not like the loud parties that would take place with some of the housing complexes that were located inside of the community and away from the school itself. Jonathan changed this by reducing the presence the school had on the exterior of campus, and in order to assist students who did want to live out of the school grounds, it improved public transportation. Along with different pledges made to the community, the relationship between the school and the community has never been better with them.