Jonathan Veitch was inaugurated Saturday as president of Occidental College, a 1,900-student liberal arts school.
The hiring of the former dean of the New School's Eugene Lang College in New York City came after several years of administrative flux at the campus.
Veitch, 50, is a literature and history professor with degrees from Stanford and Harvard. He has deep roots in Los Angeles and its film industry. His step-grandfather was actor Alan Ladd and his father, John Veitch, was president of Columbia Pictures' worldwide productions.
Former UCLA Law Dean Susan Prager served as Occidental president for just 17 months, resigning in late 2007 after clashes with trustees over her leadership style.