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Melvin Oliver named Pitzer College president, first African American to lead a Claremont campus



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📸: BusinessWire

Melvin L. Oliver, a noted champion of campus racial diversity, will become the sixth president of Pitzer College, marking the first African American to lead one of the five undergraduate Claremont Colleges, officials announced Wednesday.

Oliver, 65, will assume office July 1 at a time of national campus unrest over racial, ethnic and gender equity — including protests that forced out the dean of students at nearby Claremont McKenna College last year. Pitzer, considered the most liberal of the Claremont colleges, did not experience similar demonstrations, but student activists there have also asked for steps to increase campus diversity.

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