President Melvin L. Oliver Welcome Tour




Pitzer College celebrates Dr. Melvin L. Oliver, our sixth president, with a series of welcome receptions across the country and around the world. These events offer an excellent opportunity to gather with students, faculty, staff and friends and interact with President Oliver as he shares his vision for the future of the College.

A first-generation graduate of a private liberal arts college (William Penn College), President Oliver is an award-winning teacher and distinguished author and is nationally acclaimed for his leadership in both philanthropy and academics. Having served most recently as the executive dean of the University of California, Santa Barbara’s College of Letters and Science, President Oliver is a seasoned leader. He is a thoughtful problem solver, fundraiser and visionary who is keenly committed to collaboration. He is deeply committed to the core values of Pitzer College and possesses an activist’s passion for social justice. President Oliver shares the Pitzer community’s belief in the transformative power of a liberal arts education for students, their families and communities. You may access his full CV here.

To date, Welcome Tour receptions have taken place in New York, Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. We invite you to enjoy a glimpse of these receptions by viewing the highlights video on this page or clicking on the photo gallery for each city. We are excited to continue building relationships and having a fantastic time with the Pitzer community in Portland and Seattle. Visit the links below to register, and please check back periodically for updates on future celebrations for President Oliver. For more information about his Inauguration Ceremony on March 25, click here.

Seattle, Washington skylinePortland

Thursday, March 30
Hosts: Trustee Tracy Tindle ’82 and Parent Leadership Council Co-Presidents Dori and Maurice King P’17
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Seattle, Washington skylineSeattle

Saturday, April 1
Host: Parent Leadership Council Member Debbie Johnson P’16
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New York skylineNew York

The New York Welcome Tour for President Melvin L. Oliver was held on Monday, October 17.
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Washington DC skylineWashington DC

The Washington DC Welcome Tour for President Melvin L. Oliver was held on Thursday, October 20.
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Chicago skylineChicago

The Chicago Welcome Tour for President Melvin L. Oliver was held on Sunday, October 23.
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San Francisco skylineSan Francisco

The San Francisco Welcome Tour for President Melvin L. Oliver was held on Sunday, November 6.
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Los Angeles skylineLos Angeles

The Los Angeles Welcome Tour for President Melvin L. Oliver was held on Thursday, November 10.
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Hong Kong skylineHong Kong

The New York Welcome Tour for President Melvin L. Oliver was held on Sunday, November 20.
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