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President and Leadership

Jeffrey D. Armstrong

University President

Jeffrey D. Armstrong began his tenure as Cal Poly's ninth permanent president on February 1, 2011. Before joining Cal Poly, he served as dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and professor of Animal Science at Michigan State University, beginning in 2001. Armstrong was head of the Department of Animal Sciences at Purdue University from 1997 to 2001 and served in various positions at North Carolina State University from 1986 through 1997. Armstrong attended Murray State University in Kentucky, where he earned a bachelor's degree in agriculture in 1981. He earned both a master's (1984) and doctorate (1986) in physiology and endocrinology from North Carolina State University.

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Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore is responsible for the formulation of academic policies and priorities and oversees the Academic Affairs division, which includes the university’s six colleges, along with the international and extended education programs, the Kennedy Library and academic programs and planning. In addition, she shares oversight of research and economic development, graduate education, financial aid, the registrar, admissions and enrollment. Jackson-Elmoore previously served as dean of the Honors College at Michigan State University and a professor with affiliations in the School of Social Work and the Global Urban Studies Program. She also co-chaired a university level Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee and was a presidential appointee to MSU's Strategic Planning Committee. She earned doctorate and master's degrees in public administration, with a public policy emphasis, from the University of Southern California and a bachelor's in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware.

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Stan Nosek

Interim Senior Vice President, Administration and Finance, Chief Financial Office (CFO)

Stan Nosek oversees a broad portfolio that includes budget and fiscal management, facilities management, construction and planning, procurement, risk management, human resources administration, public safety and oversight of auxiliary operations. Nosek served the UC Davis campus for 35 years retiring as the Vice Chancellor for Administration. During Stan’s post-retirement career, he has served in various interim positions including as Vice Chancellor for Research and Associate Director of the National Primate Center at UC Davis. He also worked with two non-profits: Yellowstone Forever (CFO) and the Center for Open Science as Director of Administration. In addition, Nosek served the Sonoma State University campus in the interim roles as VP Administration & Finance/CFO and Athletic Director. Nosek returns to Cal Poly having served as interim VP Administration & Finance/CFO in 2013-14. Nosek earned a master’s in Higher Education & Counseling from the State University of New York at Albany.

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Chris Murphy

Vice President, University Communications and Marketing

Chris Murphy leads the communications and public relations arm of Cal Poly and serves on the President's Leadership Council, Cal Poly Local Economic Development Committee, Cal Poly Inclusive Excellence Council, as well as chairing the Cal Poly Strategic Preparedness Committee. Prior to joining Cal Poly, Chris led the public relations and corporate communications function of TSFC, a large consumer-product food company, as well as SUPERVALU, a Fortune 50 Company. Murphy obtained his bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing and communications from USC.

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Denise Isom

Interim Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer (CDO)

Dr. Denise Isom, chair of the Ethnic Studies Department, serves as the Interim Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer. Dr. Isom returns to lead OUDI after having previously served as the office’s interim Assistant Director and interim Director. Her scholarship and research agenda centers on racialized gender identity and has been published in numerous books and academic journals and she is the co-author of the forthcoming book “Multicultural Psychology: Self, Society, and Social Change." Isom is widely recognized for her many contributions to the university’s diversity, equity and inclusion work over the years, including having received the 2020 Martin Luther King Legacy Award this past February. Isom received her doctorate from Loyola University in Chicago in socio-cultural anthropology of education, and holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, a bachelor's of science degree in engineering and a bachelor's of arts degree in African American studies from the University of California at Davis.

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Terrance Harris

Vice President, Strategic Enrollment Management

Terrance Harris serves as the Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management. He has spent most of his entire professional career in the enrollment space serving in roles in recruitment, as well as managing admissions advising and operations, data management, communications and enrollment development. Outside of his professional experience, Harris has coached high school basketball for 20 years and mentored hundreds of students as they navigated through this critical portion of their lives. His spouse and 3 young daughters are the inspiration for all that he does. Harris earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Cal Poly.

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Jennifer Haft

Chief of Staff and Assistant VP, Divisional Operations

Jennifer Haft oversees the daily operations of the Presidentʼs Office, which includes the office of Student Ombuds Services and the Office of University Legal Counsel. She also serves as President Armstrongʼs point of contact with Cal Polyʼs Academic Senate, Associated Students, Inc., and other internal and external stakeholders. Jen also serves as the Assistant Vice President for Operations in Administration and Finance. Jen works collaboratively with all the A&F Assistant and Associate Vice Presidents to establish and proactively coordinate division-wide strategic tactics while promoting activities and advancing communications and public presentations for Administration and Finance. Jen previously served as Chief of Staff and Director of Presidential Operations at Texas A&M University-San Antonio (A&M-SA). Jen holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication and a master’s degree in Business Administration, both from Ohio University.

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Keith B. Humphrey

Vice President, Student Affairs

Dr. Humphrey leads one of the largest divisions on campus and is responsible for developing and implementing year-round Student Affairs programming, services, and events that, research shows, will directly impact the progression, retention, and graduation rates of students. He is also part of the university leadership that advocates to our community, policy makers, and Chancellor’s Office for all student engagement and campus-wide programming that occurs outside of the classroom at Cal Poly. Prior to joining Cal Poly in 2012, Dr. Humphrey was the assistant vice president and dean of students at the University of Arizona. He was also the associate dean of students, director of orientation and served as the assistant professor of practice and coordinator of the master’s program in higher education at the university’s Center for the Study of Higher Education. Dr. Humphrey obtained his bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary, master’s degree from James Madison University and doctorate from the University of Arizona.

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Stacy Cannon

Interim Vice President of University Development & Alumni Engagement

Stacy is originally from Ventura County.  She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  She worked for the University of Colorado Foundation while also obtaining her Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Denver.  She relocated to the Central Coast in 1998 and worked at the University of California Santa Barbara for two years before joining Cal Poly’s development team in 2001.  She currently holds the position of Acting Vice President of University Development & Alumni Engagement and CEO of the Cal Poly Foundation.

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 Al Liddicoat

Vice President, University Personnel and Chief Human Resources Officer 

Al Liddicoat is responsible for managing the division of University Personnel, which includes the Human Resources and Academic Personnel departments and the Civil Rights and Compliance Office. University Personnel engages as a partner across campus to best serve the university employees and community. Al began his administrative career as the assistant vice president for Academic Personnel in 2006 and prior to his current role served Cal Poly as vice provost for Academic Affairs and Personnel and the interim dean of the Orfalea College of Business. He has held various leadership assignments overseeing academic personnel, the center for teaching, learning and technology, academic affairs technology services, institutional research and has participated in strategic planning, diversity equity and inclusion, budgeting and recruitment efforts, as well as led critical CSU systemwide initiatives, including chairing the CSU steering committee for a common human resource system. He is a tenured professor in Computer and Electrical Engineering.

Alison Robinson

Interim Vice President Information Technology and Chief Information Officer

Alison Robinson is the Interim Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Cal Poly. She leads the division’s effort to develop a top-tier technology service delivery model for Cal Poly and directs campus operations for Information Technology Services (ITS). Robinson’s extensive technical background and in-depth knowledge of Amazon Web Services are crucial to the university’s cloud transformation endeavors. She has more than 25 years of higher education, information technology, and leadership expertise. She excels at modernizing IT organizations and gained her career experiences at the University of Maryland, the University of South Florida, and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and her current role at Cal Poly.

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Robin Webb

University Counsel

Robin Webb joined the Office of General Counsel in 2017 and previously served in a similar role at CSU San Bernardino. She also serves as resource attorney for first amendment, FMLA and residency. Before joining the CSU, Webb was a partner in the Irvine law firm of Grant, Genovese & Baratta where she was a trial attorney and insurance coverage counsel in many different types of civil litigation matters. Webb also served as a settlement officer for the Los Angeles County Superior Court and as a mediator in various jurisdictions. Webb earned a juris doctorate and a bachelor’s degree from USC.

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Cody VanDorn

CEO, Cal Poly Partners

As the CEO of Cal Poly Partners, Cody VanDorn is responsible for the day-to-day operation of its programs and services, and strategically working with the board of directors, university leadership, and student body to collectively enhance the Cal Poly experience.  He holds a finance degree from Cal Poly and is a graduate from the Stanford Project Management program.

Jessica Darin

Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Advocacy 

Jessica Darin leads the proposed integration of Cal Poly and Cal Maritime, acting as a central point of oversight for several such projects at various stages of development. She also leads strategic planning, advocacy (federal, state, and community relations), and economic development efforts to align with the university’s mission and goals. Before her current role, Jessica spent three years as Deputy Chief of Staff for Chancellor Timothy P. White at the California State University system in Long Beach, California, where she focused on policy initiatives, project management, and strategic communication and messaging for the Chancellor. Prior to that, she worked for seven years in the Chancellor’s Office at the University of California, Riverside. Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in English from UC Riverside and a master’s degree in management from the University of Redlands.