Bob Bassett

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Bob L. Bassett is the Dean of the Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University.[1] He is a former English professor at the University, then known as Chapman Christian College.

Bassett's personal guests at the University have included film star and California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger[2][3] and directors Robert Zemeckis and William Friedkin,[1] among many others.


Bassett obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College. He went to graduate school at the University of Chicago and the Claremont Graduate University.[4]


Bassett has helped Dodge College grow to have an enrollment of more than 1,500 students and be regarded one of the finest film schools in the world.[5] In the early 90s, he recognized the growing industry of digital technologies and redirected the school's focus and curriculum to that area. The faculty he assembled has a filmography consisting of more than 150 feature films, more than any other film program. His faculty consists of well-known and prestigious filmmakers including John Badham, David S. Ward, Bill Kroyer, Bill Dill, Paul Seydor, Alex Rose, Martha Coolidge, and Larry Paul.[6]


In 2006, he received the Artistic Visionary Award from Arts Orange County.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Interview with Bob Bassett". Coast Magazine. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Gov. Schwarzenegger Launches Knott Studios Construction". Chapman University. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Ranks of millionaire college presidents grow - U.S. news - Life -". MSN. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Mr. Robert L. Bassett". Chapman University. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "THR's Top 25 Film Schools List Revealed". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Robert Bassett" (PDF). Chapman University. Retrieved 12 March 2013.