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Jewel Plummer Cobb, who broke racial barriers as Cal State Fullerton president, dies at 92

Jewel Plummer Cobb, who broke racial barriers as Cal State Fullerton president, dies at 92

Jewel Plummer Cobb, the president of Cal State Fullerton during a time of unprecedented growth in the 1980s and one of the first African American women to oversee a major university in the western United States, has died at the age of 92. 

Cobb had been living in Maplewood, N.J., and suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.

When Cobb arrived at the Orange County campus in 1981, she found a school bursting at the seams and lacking diversity — no campus housing for students, no women’s studies programs, few minority faculty members and officials who seemingly paid little attention to community outreach.

Cobb set about making changes, partially through the sheer force...

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