Fullerton College: A Pictorial History

Anna Matilda Bille was the first dean of the college from 1913-1916 while also teaching courses in English and Logic. She received a B.A. in 1907 and an M.A. in 1909 from Stanford University. Before coming to FJC, she was an English teacher, then vice-principal at Santa Maria Union High School. In the early years of the junior college movement, inspectors or examiners were sent from the University of California to make on-site inspections of junior college courses. In 1916, the head of the English Department at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) made an unexpected visit to FJC. Bille, who had chaperoned a party of students at a dinner and hayride the evening before, was caught unprepared, and received a scathing report. She was so devastated and humiliated that she resigned despite the efforts of FJC faculty to stop her. After resigning her position at Fullerton, she moved to China where she taught English at the University of Tsing Hua in Peiping (now Beijing) for eleven years. While in Peiping, Bille printed a collection of her poems, Broken Tiles; Poems of China (1931). After a long illness, she passed away in Honolulu in 1942.