After campus visits by the three finalists being considered for the post of new president of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed has recommended that the process start over with a new pool of candidates, Cal Poly announced June 2.
The CSU board of trustees has concurred with the chancellor’s recommendation, according to a Cal Poly news release.
The three candidates were Sona K. Andrews, a provost and professor at Boise State University; Carlo Montemagno, a dean and professor from the University of Cincinnati, and Stephen R. Angle, a provost and professor at Wright State University.
“The board of trustees certainly respects the level of experience the candidates bring to the process, but ultimately, we must be confident that the next president be the right fit with the campus and the community,” Reed said in a news release. “In addition, we are competing to attract candidates within national presidential compensation levels that are often much higher than we are able to offer. This makes the search that much more difficult.”
A new pool of candidates for the position will be considered beginning in the fall. The search committee will restart the interview process. An interim president will be appointed prior to the departure of Warren Baker, who is retiring after serving as president since 1979.