In May 1974, Robert G. Doud was selected as President of the Fullerton College Associated Students. Older than most Fullerton students at the age of 35, and steadily employed for 16 years, Doud was also the father of three children. He maintained a 3.9 GPA as a business administration major while also being active in labor union affairs of the steel workers union and served as their treasurer. He was named Man of the Year in 1975. He made the decision to return to school as the aerospace industry began to slump, and he saw many of his co-workers out of work. Doud later transferred to CSU Fullerton. He made an unsuccessful bid to join the Fullerton City Council in 1975.