Citing "fit" and compensation issues, Cal Poly shuts down search for new president after four months
The San Luis Obispo County Tribune
June 3, 2010
The search will begin anew this fall for a new Cal Poly president.
Capping a four-month quest, Cal State University’s board of trustees determined Wednesday that two finalists weren’t the right fit.
A third had withdrawn after visiting the campus last week. A fourth finalist had withdrawn from consideration before the on-site visits.
“The board of trustees certainly respects the level of experience the candidates bring to the process,” CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed said in a statement. “But ultimately, we must be confident that the next president be the right fit with the campus and the community.”
It was unclear late Wednesday if President Warren Baker would remain in the job until a successor could be hired; he had planned to retire at the end of this academic year.
If Baker does retire, Reed said, an interim Cal Poly president could be named.
The board interviewed Sona Andrews, provost of Boise State University in Idaho, and Steven Angle, a provost and professor of chemistry at Wright State University in Ohio, on Wednesday.
The third finalist, Carlo Montemagno, University of Cincinnati’s engineering dean, had withdrawn from consideration after visiting the campus.