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President selected Cabrillo College
President selected Cabrillo College
TitlePresident selected Cabrillo College
DescriptionRobert E. Swenson selected as first president of Cabrillo College
Original sourceSanta Cruz Sentinel
RepositoryCabrillo College Archives
Copyright statementCopyright Santa Cruz Sentinel, all rights reserved. Used with permission.;
TypeNewspaper articles
Format15w x 8h inches
TextPresident Selected Cabrlllo College Long Beach Dean Picked By Trustees By Wally Trabing Cabriilo college acquired a president this morning. He is Dr. Robert E. Swenson, 41-vear o1d dean of the liberal arts division, Long Beach City college, who signed a contract this morning to pilot Santa Cruz county's new junior college into an educational reality. The college board, in another of its pre-breakfast meetings, made the final selection from 27 applicants. Classes in rented facilities are expected to begin in September. Tall, slim, Iowa born, and the father of six children, Dr. Swenson was highly recommended by a screening board of college professors. He is a graduate of Cornell college in Iowa with a bachelor of arts degree in 1939; obtained his masters from Columbia university in 1941; and his doctorate at Stanford university in 1949. From 1939 to 1941 he was a teacher and coach at Faribault high school in Faribault, Minn.; and director of guidance at the Winchester high school in Massachusetts from 1942 to 1942. Swenson moved up to a position as assistant director, office of vocational guidance and placement, Stanford university from 1946 to 1949 and then up to 1954 he was dean of men at Fullerton Junior college. He is a lieutenant commander in the naval reserve and served during World War II as aerology instructor and personnel officer. Community activities have included board member, First Methodist church; member, Rotary club; program committee, YMCA; and assistant advisor to a Boy Scout troop. He is now president of the Southern California Junior College association and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, national scholastic society. The board, headed by Keith Shaffer, was unanimous in its decision. Following the action Swenson's superior, Dr. George Dotson, assistant director of the Long Beach college, was informed. He told Shaffer that "We will be able to get a man to fill his position, but probably won't be able to get anyone to replace him." Swenson's family consists of his wife, Frances, four girls and two boys, ranging in ages from under a year to 17. He takes overhis new job on July 1. The salary for the new president and superintendent will start at $15, 000 and jump $500 each year to a maximum of $17, 000. Following the meeting this morning, trustees and Swenson inspected several locations where makeshift classes might be held in September. Two of these included the DeLaveaga park naval training center, and a vacated building at the Watsonville high school.
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