Senior Staff

Lorlie Leetham


Lorlie Leetham joined the corporation as executive director in July 2014. Prior to this, she was with the university as assistant vice president for fiscal services and auxiliary reporting. Lorlie has been with Cal Poly for more than 18 years, having previously worked in public accounting specializing in audit and tax. She has been involved in various aspects of campus finance, including five years as a liaison to the Cal Poly Foundation board on behalf of the university CFO. She has also been active with campus auxiliary policy, programs and reporting. In her current role, Lorlie is responsible for management of the programs and activities administered by the Cal Poly Corporation, including Campus Dining and the University Store, Sponsored Programs Administration, student Aid-to-Instruction operations in support of the university’s Learn by Doing educational philosophy, faculty staff housing, technology park, and various other business, administrative and real estate-related services.

Ms. Leetham is a fourth generation San Luis Obispo native. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Cal Poly, with a concentration in accounting, and is a licensed CPA.

Starr Lee

Starr Lee

Director of Administration and Legal Affairs

Starr Lee joined Cal Poly Corporation in August 2001 as associate executive director, administration. She provides legal counsel to CPC and the Cal Poly Housing Corporation. Her career includes serving as a sergeant in the U. S. Army, a director of a nonprofit organization, working as a federal lobbyist stumping for drug patents, and providing marketing support for American Airlines.
Prior to joining CPC, Starr managed business development and post-sales support for various high-tech and internet companies. In addition, she spent two years starting up her own Internet enterprise.

Starr enjoys traveling, and has spent considerable time in Thailand, Abu Dhabi, Russia, Cairo, and Europe for both work and pleasure.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Kansas State University, a law degree from the University of San Diego, and an MBA from the University of Texas, Austin.

Mike Thornton

Mike Thornton

Director, Business & Concept Development

Mike Thornton joined Cal Poly Corporation in July 2002. Mike has spent the past several years with Campus Dining, where he has steadily moved up through management roles within the organization. Mike attended and studied political science and pre-law at Cal Poly after serving four years in the U.S. Air Force.

He began a cooking career at age 18 at a gourmet Italian restaurant, and he continued working in various restaurants after moving to San Luis Obispo County. He owned and operated two restaurants and a catering company on the Central Coast before joining the Campus Dining staff.

Mike is passionate about food and customer service and believes in developing programs reflective of customer needs and the university’s stature.