I hope all our alumni had the chance to experience adventure and renewal this summer. The Orfalea College of Business is proud of the contributions you are making to society and grateful for the many ways you support our mission.
As some of you know, I lost my wife, Bridget, in a bicycling accident in July. The support of the Cal Poly community has meant so much to me and my family during this tough time. In November, I will return to Portland to pursue new professional endeavors and to be closer to my family.
However, you will not see a pause in the momentum during the year as the college searches for a new dean. We have a highly capable leadership team in place that will be pursuing initiatives in the college’s 2016-17 annual plan.
Expect to see a continuation of engagement outside the college through Executives in Residence, alumni events, and student tours. We will also welcome ten new members to the Dean’s Advisory Council meeting in October and start them on an ambitious agenda that includes planning for an outstanding alumni event in the Bay Area in fall 2017.
The momentum of the college’s career readiness initiative is continuing in numerous directions. Amy Carter, formerly Director of Student Services, will bring her significant leadership capabilities to her new role as Assistant Dean for Student Success. One of Amy’s projects this year is enlisting young alumni to provide career mentoring for students and implementing new software to improve resume quality. We are thrilled to welcome Alyssa Graudins, a Cal Poly alumna, as our new employer relations specialist. Alyssa brings significant experience, including working for the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, to a role that will expand and improve relationships with employers who need the expertise of Orfalea graduates.
I leave Cal Poly with a heavy heart. Working with Orfalea’s faculty, and truly amazing students and alumni the last few years has been an honor and deeply fulfilling. I hope the alumni community continues its support of the Orfalea College of Business and its vision of taking Learn by Doing to new heights.
I wish you all the very best.