Cal Poly Orfalea College of Business Names Assistant Dean for Advancement and External Relations

Mark KeltingCal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business recently named Mary Kelting as the college’s new assistant dean for advancement and external relations.

Kelting will oversee the college’s communications and fundraising efforts in addition to growing the Dean’s Advisory Council with Dean Scott Dawson.

“Mary brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the assistant dean position,” said Dawson. “We are thrilled to have her join our leadership team to help guide our college during this energizing time of growth.”

Kelting formerly served for more than two years as the director of development for the university’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE). She was instrumental in building significant financial and community support for the CIE as it introduced new programs. She also successfully rallied a network of entrepreneurs who have supported and advised the CIE and its student entrepreneurs to achieve notable success.

Before joining Cal Poly, Kelting worked for 20 years in sales and marketing in the private sector, including the companies Subaru and TechLink.

“I feel fortunate that my new role will allow me to remain connected to so many business leaders who support the CIE, especially many Orfalea College of Business alumni,” Kelting said.

Earlier this fall, the college announced a new team of associate deans to oversee undergraduate programs, graduate programs and faculty and research with Dawson, who began his tenure as dean Aug. 1.

Kelting earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and her MBA at Pepperdine University.

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