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January 30, 1988 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, Times Art Writer
Robert Skotheim, president of Whitman College, has been named director of the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. A specialist in American intellectual history, Skotheim will begin his new position July 1. He succeeds Robert Middlekauff, who resigned last year to teach history at UC Berkeley. Skotheim will arrive in Southern California after 13 years at Whitman, a private liberal arts and sciences college in Walla Walla, Wash.
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February 11, 2008 | Larry Gordon, Times Staff Writer
Robert Skotheim was at first amused when he was invited to become president of Occidental College, even for just 18 months. "I thought it was the most ridiculous thing I ever heard of," he recalled. After all, the former professor of American history had been in happy retirement for six years in the Seattle area after heading the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino and, before that, Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash.
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February 11, 2008 | Larry Gordon, Times Staff Writer
Robert Skotheim was at first amused when he was invited to become president of Occidental College, even for just 18 months. "I thought it was the most ridiculous thing I ever heard of," he recalled. After all, the former professor of American history had been in happy retirement for six years in the Seattle area after heading the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino and, before that, Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash.
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January 30, 1988 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, Times Art Writer
Robert Skotheim, president of Whitman College, has been named director of the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. A specialist in American intellectual history, Skotheim will begin his new position July 1. He succeeds Robert Middlekauff, who resigned last year to teach history at UC Berkeley. Skotheim will arrive in Southern California after 13 years at Whitman, a private liberal arts and sciences college in Walla Walla, Wash.
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December 20, 2007 | Larry Gordon
Occidental College has announced that its interim president for the next 18 months will be historian Robert Skotheim, the former president of the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Skotheim will serve from Jan. 1, 2008, through June 2009, when a permanent president is expected to take over the Eagle Rock liberal arts college, which has 1,877 students.
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October 25, 2009 | Larry Gordon
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.
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June 2, 1992 | SHAUNA SNOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino has received $4.5 million in grants to begin a $15-million Library Initiative to substantially increase the institution's endowment for library services. The grants--$3 million from the Ahmanson Foundation of Los Angeles and $1.5 million from New York's Andrew W. Mellon Foundation--are among the largest lump-sum grants ever received by the institution, according to museum grants spokeswoman Christine MacDonald. A $1.
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June 12, 1989 | Compiled by Alma Cook, Times researcher
Occidental College conferred nearly 390 degrees at commencement ceremonies Sunday in the Remsen Bird Hillside Theater on campus. Dr. Robert A. Skotheim, director of the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, delivered the keynote address. He urged the graduates "to continue participating in the life of this college. . . . You will benefit if Occidental College is a continually improving institution. As alumni, you can contribute to that improvement in a myriad of ways.
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June 29, 2000
Robert A. Skotheim, 67, who has led the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens through a period of unprecedented growth and prosperity for the past 12 years, has announced that he will retire June 30, 2001. He became president of the San Marino institution in 1988, when shortfalls of $32 million in capital and $4 million in annual operating income were projected. During his tenure, the endowment has increased from $62 million to $170 million, including $41.
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August 20, 2008 | Larry Gordon and Gale Holland, Times Staff Writers
As college students gear up for annual back-to-school parties, a group of university and college presidents in California and across the country this week pushed for a national debate over whether the drinking age should be lowered from 21 to 18. The current limit ignores the reality of drinking during college years and drives it underground, making binge drinking more dangerous and students less likely to seek help in an emergency, according to...
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January 31, 2009 | Larry Gordon
Jonathan Veitch, former dean of the New School's Eugene Lang College in New York City and scion of a prominent Hollywood family, will be the next president of Occidental College, the liberal arts campus in Eagle Rock that Barack Obama attended for two years. Veitch's hiring at Occidental, announced Friday and effective July 1, comes after several years of leadership instability at the 1,868-student campus, which has had four presidents since 2005.
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