SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Corporation has added Spyros Gravas and Ken Kline to Cal Poly’s Campus Dining leadership team. Gravas, director of Campus Dining, and Kline, executive chef, recently started their roles on campus as part of the university’s food service partnership with Chartwells Higher Education Dining Services.

Chartwells, a Compass Group company, provides contract food service management for hundreds of university dining environments throughout the U.S. The partnership offers Campus Dining access to a breadth of strategic resources and industry expertise.

Gravas and Kline will provide on-site management services, working closely with Cal Poly’s dining and corporation teams to evaluate and improve food operations. Both offer a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry, having served in a wide variety of dining environments.

“As our residential campus continues to develop, we are looking to industry partners for additional expertise and to quickly provide tools and resources that might not be otherwise available to us,” said Lorlie Leetham, executive director for the Cal Poly Corporation and associate vice president of commercial services. “Given their food service expertise, Spyros and Chef Ken will help us to implement immediate and ongoing strategies to elevate Cal Poly’s dining program.”

According to Leetham, primary objectives of the partnership include providing the campus community with a dining experience grounded in competitive pricing, high quality and excellent service. Operational efficiencies and facility improvements will also be facilitated.

The partnership will not impact the status of current employees or daily operations. Rather, it is designed to reinforce the primary role of Cal Poly’s Campus Dining – to provide exceptional dining services to university students, faculty and staff.

About Cal Poly

Founded in 1901 and part of the renowned California State University system since 1960, Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive polytechnic public university located in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Known for its Learn by Doing approach, small class sizes and open access to expert faculty, Cal Poly is a distinctive learning community whose 21,000 academically motivated students enjoy an unrivaled hands-on educational experience that prepares them to lead successful personal and professional lives. For more information, visit

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