Los Angeles State College (LASC) opened its doors on the Vermont Avenue campus of Los Angeles City College (LACC) in August 1947.
Albert D. Graves was vice president of Academic Affairs when he became acting president of LASCAAS in 1962. Graves held bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from Stanford University. Before coming to Los Angeles State College, he served as superintendent of the San Bernardino Schools and a professor of education at Humboldt State College.
Franklyn Arthur Johnson took over as the fourth president of Los Angeles State College in October 1963. Johnson came to the college from Jacksonville (Fla.) University, where he served as president for seven years. He received his B.S. degree magna cum laude from Rutgers University in 1947. While working on his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University, he was chosen as a faculty scholar and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship for study at the London School of Economics.
The California State College chancellor announced John E. Greenlee as the fifth president in May 1966. Greenlee came to CSCLA as vice president for Academic Affairs in 1965. Prior to his appointment, he spent 30 years in college teaching and administration in Iowa—20 of them at Iowa State University.
James M. Rosser was selected as the sixth president in 1979. The scientist’s academic degrees, in health administration and microbiology, were conferred upon him by Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (Ph.D. 1969, M.A. 1963, B.A. 1962).