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Three Finalists Named for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Presidency

Candidates to Visit Campus May 24-26

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(May 21, 2010) –The California State University today named three finalists for the presidency of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The finalists and the dates they will visit the campus for day-long meetings with various groups are:

Sona K. Andrews, provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor of geosciences, Boise State University, will visit the campus on Monday, May 24.

Carlo Montemagno, dean and professor of engineering education, College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Cincinnati, will visit the campus on Tuesday, May 25.

Steven R. Angle, provost and professor of chemistry, Wright State University, will visit the campus on Wednesday, May 26.

Each of the three finalists will spend a day on campus meeting faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community. An open forum will be held daily for the campus community from 4:10 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Advanced Technology Laboratories.

There will be daily media availability during the campus visit at 5:30 p.m. following the open forum which media may also attend. Media, please contact Stacia Momburg at (805) 756-6260 or

"We are very fortunate to be able to select the next president of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo from among three tremendously experienced candidates," said CSU Trustee Roberta Achtenberg, who is chairing the Trustees' Committee for the Selection of the President. "The person who ultimately fills this role will embody Cal Poly's learn-by-doing philosophy as an educator and administrator with the ability to form lasting partnerships with students, faculty and the community."

The new president will succeed retiring president Warren J. Baker who has served in that capacity since 1979.

The CSU Board of Trustees will interview the three finalists at a special board meeting on June 2 and name the new Cal Poly president later that week. The trustees will set the president's salary at a subsequent board meeting, and the new president would begin later this summer.

Andrews has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs and as a professor of geosciences at Boise State University since 2004. From 1988 to 2004, Andrews held a variety of roles at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, serving as an associate professor and professor in the department of geography, and as assistant vice chancellor, associate vice chancellor and vice provost, academic affairs. During 2000 and 2001, she served an American Council on Education fellowship with Carthage College. Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Andrews served as an assistant professor in the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities' department of geography from 1981 until 1988.

Andrews holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in geography from Arizona State University and received her B.A. in geography from Worcester State College in Massachusetts.

Montemagno has held the positions of dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science and professor of engineering and applied science at the University of Cincinnati since 2006. From 2001 to 2006, he held various positions at UCLA including associate director for the California Nanosystems Institute, co-director of the NASA Center for Cell Mimetic Space Exploration, chair of academic affairs, biomedical engineering IDP and was a professor of both biomedical and mechanical and aerospace engineering. From 1995 until 2001, he held positions at Cornell University including director of graduate studies and associate and assistant professor. His previous experience also includes positions with Argonne National Laboratory and the United States Navy.

Montemagno holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering and geological sciences from the University of Notre Dame, an M.S. in petroleum and natural gas engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a B.S. in agricultural and biological engineering from Cornell University.

Angle has served as provost and professor of chemistry at Wright State University since 2007. From 1986 to 2007, Angle held several positions at the University of California, Riverside including dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and director, agricultural and natural resources, associate dean for physical and mathematical sciences, and professor of chemistry. Prior to joining UCR, Angle was the vice president of Angle and Babbage Office Equipment, Inc.

Angle holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of California, Irvine, an M.S. in organic chemistry from the UCLA and a B.A. in Chemistry from UC Irvine.

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