His passion for bringing kids to Humboldt was evident on his "Meet the Counselors" webpage. In his online bio for the job, which shows him with slick hair and broad grin in the university's forest-green colors, he said the school "provides all students on campus with incredible opportunities that change the world for the better."
"There are no words during times like these that can fully express our sadness," University of La Verne President Devorah Lieberman said.
The teenagers aboard, from dozens of different Southern California high schools, were participating in a program that invites prospective low-income or first-generation college students to visit Humboldt. They were supposed to join hundreds more potential students from across California and the West for a long weekend, paired up with existing students and staying in the dorms.
Before launching the event Friday, university Vice President Peg Blake's voice broke as she asked a crowded theater for a moment of silence in honor of everyone affected by the accident.
University president Rollin Richmond says they will welcome back the accident survivors at a time of their choice.
Neither driver had been identified as of Friday night. The bus was operated by Silverado Stages Inc., which is based in the central coast city of San Luis Obispo but operates buses throughout the West.
CEO Michael Vodarsik said only that the company was "working closely with authorities" and trying to support passengers and families of the dead.
FedEx Chairman Frederick Smith, in a statement, expressed his "deepest personal sympathies and the condolences of over 300,000 other FedEx team members to everyone involved in this accident."
The CHP and the National Transportation Safety Board were investigating, but warned it could take months to conclude what happened.
Mark Rosekind, an NTSB member, said Friday that the agency would be gathering information over the next one to two weeks. He said it will review whether the stretch of California freeway where the bus was struck should have had a barrier along the median to prevent head-on collisions.
In addition, Rosekind said it will determine whether a fire suppression system recommended but not mandated for buses would have made a difference in the crash.
Associated Press writers Lisa Leff in San Francisco and Andrew Dalton, Daisy Nguyen, Tami Abdollah and Justin Pritchard in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
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