September 24, 2023
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Cal Poly San Luis Obispo engineering dean leaving for CSU Chico


Debra Larson

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo announced Dec. 27 that College of Engineering Dean Debra Larson will leave to serve as the provost and vice president for academic affairs at CSU Chico as of Feb. 24.

“Cal Poly’s College of Engineering is ranked among the best in the nation, and we thank Dr. Larson for her stewardship and leadership during her tenure,” Kathleen Enz Finken, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Cal Poly, said in a news release. “We wish her continued success in this next chapter of her career.”

Prior to assuming her role at the college in 2011, Larson held various roles at Northern Arizona University for 17 years and worked as a civil engineer for more than a decade. An interim dean is expected to be announced by mid-January.

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