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CSU Trustees Appoint Jeffrey Armstrong as New President of
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

(Dec. 15, 2010) - The California State University Board of Trustees today named Jeffrey D. Armstrong, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and professor of Animal Science at Michigan State University, as president of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

"Cal Poly has an excellent reputation for preparing the knowledge leaders that help to drive California's economy," said Armstrong. "I am honored to join such an outstanding university and excited about engaging students, faculty and alumni to build on its strong foundation and create opportunities for the future."

Armstrong was one of three finalists for the position who visited the campus during the last week of November, and met with the trustees for a final interview on Dec. 13. Armstrong will assume the Cal Poly presidency beginning Feb. 1, 2011 and succeeds interim president Robert Glidden who joined the campus in August following the retirement of President Warren J. Baker, who served as president since 1979.

"Dr. Armstrong's outstanding academic credentials, leadership abilities and strong grounding in agriculture and science will be tremendous assets to the university and the community as it moves forward," said CSU Trustee Roberta Achtenberg, chair of the presidential search committee. "His reputation for teaching excellence and commitment to student-centered learning are the right complements to Cal Poly's learn-by-doing philosophy."

Armstrong has been in his current position at MSU since 2001, and previously served as head of the Department of Animal Sciences at Purdue University from 1997 to 2001. He served in various positions at North Carolina State University from 1986 through 1997.

Armstrong attended Murray State University where he received a bachelor of science in agriculture in 1981. He received both a master of science and Ph.D in physiology and endocrinology at NCSU. Armstrong was raised on a beef cattle, swine and tobacco farm in Western Kentucky.

During his tenure at MSU, Armstrong has worked to increase minority student enrollment and faculty hiring, as well as raised more than $200 million for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Armstrong's recent research has focused on social responsibility in the food chain. He serves as chair of the United Egg Producers Animal Welfare Advisory Committee, and advises McDonald's Corporation in animal welfare, as well as broader issues related to corporate social responsibility. Armstrong also recently completed service on the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Seventh District Advisory Council.

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About California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo
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