Cal Poly gets an interim president

June 19, 2010

Cal Poly will have an interim university president in charge, most likely serving well into 2011. [Tribune]

Robert Glidden, 73, former president of Ohio University, takes over July 31, when Warren Baker retires after more than 30 years as president of Cal Poly.

Glidden will serve until the search for a permanent president is completed. California State Board of Trustees decided to continue the presidential search after interviewing, and ultimately rejecting, two finalists earlier this month. A third withdrew his name from consideration.

Glidden was president of Ohio University from 1994 to 2004, overseeing six campuses and an enrollment of 26,000 students. He was also provost and vice-president for academic affairs at Florida State University from 1991 to 1994.

Glidden’s salary will be determined by the CSU trustees at the July meeting. Meanwhile, the search to replace Baker continues through the fall, with hopes of naming a permanent successor by the end of the year, or early 2011.

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