Presidential Search

This website outlines the process undertaken to identify Occidental College’s 16th president.

On Jan. 27, 2019 Jonathan Veitch, Occidental’s 15th president, announced that he would step down in June 2020. Subsequently, a presidential search committee was named, community listening sessions were held, and a search firm was selected. Regular news and updates were shared with the community.

The search process was concluded on Feb. 11, 2020, when the Board of Trustees announced Dr. Harry J. Elam, Jr. as Occidental’s 16th president.