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R. W. Borst, an English instructor, Journalism advisor, and chairman of the Humanities Department, dragged his son, Philip W. Borst, to his lectures from an early age. It seemed a natural course of action, then, for Philip W. Borst, a native of Fullerton, to eventually find his way back to Fullerton College.
While not always popular, Borst saw the college through drastic changes in his more than thirty-seven years on campus. Shifting demographics in the student population challenged the administration, and new programs were adapted to meet the needs of returning veterans, increasing numbers of older students and minorities, budget cuts, and the coming of the computer age.
As a father of another generation of Hornets, he inspired his own children to explore the world with humor, enjoyment, kindness, and patience. Above all, Borst wanted students to take full advantage of everything Fullerton College had to offer: to study, learn, and grow into their full potential.
"Students in this country have the greatest educational opportunities of any students in the world. If they don't make use of that, they're wasting the most important thing they ever could have."
— Philip W. Borst
History and Political Science, Administration
Board Member, Fullerton College Foundation, 1994
President, Fullerton College, 1977-1994
Dean of Instruction, Fullerton College, 1973
Political Science and History Instructor, Fullerton College, 1957
High School History Instructor, San Francisco, 1954-1957
Ph.D., Political Science, Claremont Graduate University
M.A., Political Science, Stanford University, 1959
Teaching Credential, UC Berkeley, 1954
B.A., Political Science, Stanford University, 1949
A.A., Fullerton College, 1945-1947