2011 Distinguished Alumnus
Robert E. Ellis
1958, Master of Arts, Secondary Education, CSULB
1957, General Administration Credential, CSULB
1950, Secondary Teaching Credential, University of Southern California
1949, Bachelor of Journalism, University of Missouri, Columbia
1947, Associate of Arts, Long Beach City College
Robert E. Ellis is a retired, longtime educator from the Long Beach Unified School District. Among the positions he held during his career were principalships at Jordan, Poly and Wilson high schools; Hughes Middle School; Avalon School; and Fremont and Newcomb elementary schools.
He was also the district’s assistant director of personnel. During WWII and the Korean Conflict, he served in the U.S. Navy. As a CSULB alumnus, Ellis is a member of the Legacy Society, College of Education Dean’s Development Committee, Carpenter Center Director’s Circle, Medici Society College of the Arts, and a longtime participant in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
Both he and his wife, alumna Barbara Seelgen-Ellis (1964, B.A. social science; 1965, credential), are Friends of Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, where they were married 15 years ago. Along with his involvement with The Beach, Ellis is active with the Long Beach City College Board of Governors, Long Beach Human Relations Commission, Long Beach Fire Ambassadors and the California Retired Teachers Association.
Ellis gives CSULB credit for providing a foundation for his successful career, and he visits the campus often, as the Ellises live across from the university on Seventh Street. Aside from volunteering, he loves golf and traveling, having recently been to China and the Far East. Ellis has one son, Bob Ellis, and three young adult grandsons.
From Alumni Awards 2011 program