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Who Was Robert E. Swenson?

Robert E. Swenson was the founding president of Cabrillo College, serving as college president from 1959-1977. Dr. Swenson presided over the growth of Cabrillo from a small operation housed in Watsonville High School to a thriving and vital education center for all of Santa Cruz County. He put a very strong stamp of quality and integrity on the college, and his legacy as an educator's educator continues to be felt at Cabrillo. The campus library was formally dedicated as the Robert E. Swenson Library in 1977. More information on Dr. Swenson can be found in the Cabrillo College Digital Archives.


Robert E. Swenson

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