Board of Directors

The Cal Poly Corporation Board of Directors is a notable and representative group of community leaders, distinguished faculty and staff, and motivated students who are committed to supporting Cal Poly and its educational mission.


Cynthia Vizcaíno Villa

Senior Vice President, Administration & Finance
Chair, Audit Committee Chair

“The corporation was founded for the sole purpose of supporting student success and the educational mission of Cal Poly.  Each day 3,000 corporation employees contribute to creating the amazing educational experience and community for which Cal Poly is renowned. Cal Poly Corporation makes us ‘Cal Poly Proud,’ and it is my honor to serve on the Cal Poly Corporation Board of Directors.”

Nick Pettit

Deputy Athletics Director, Cal Poly Athletics
Vice Chair, Audit Committee Member

“It’s a privilege to serve on the board of directors for the corporation. The corporation’s role in serving as the university’s service auxiliary is paramount to advancing Cal Poly and its mission.  It’s very exciting to work alongside such a talented team and be involved in decisions that enable the corporation to flourish in its service to the university.”

Andy Thulin

Dean, College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences

“Cal Poly Corporation is a partner in providing the best hands-on learning opportunities available to students. From our many enterprise projects to commercial ventures selling agricultural products produced directly by students, together we provide an academic environment that cannot be rivaled. I am proud to serve as a director and founding member of Cal Poly Corporation to further its mission in serving the entire campus community.”


Dean Wendt

Dean of Research, College of Science and Mathematics

“Cal Poly Corporation is central to the success of the university and our students. It enables successful partnerships in teaching and research, and it makes Cal Poly a more effective community for student learning.”

Steven Harding

Executive Vice President, Regional President, American Riviera Bank
Director, Investment Advisory Committee Member

“Through its programs and services, the corporation is an integral partner on campus, not only supporting the success of the university, but more importantly, supporting the success of the students. That is why I am proud to be a Cal Poly Corporation board member.”

Keith Humphrey

Vice President, Student Affairs

“I serve on the Cal Poly Corporation Board of Directors because so many of the programs and services offered by the corporation have a direct impact on our student’s experience, and it’s important to ensure that the focus remains on students.”

Phil Barlow

Professor, College of Architecture & Environmental Design

“As a 12-year faculty member at Cal Poly and an alumnus, I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve as a director of Cal Poly Corporation. The corporation quietly plays an extremely important role in the success of Cal Poly. The Cal Poly Corporation management team expertly supports and executes a variety of campus tasks which enrich the campus experience for all of us.”

Steven Rein

Associate Professor, College of Science and Mathematics

As a Cal Poly faculty member for more than 20 years, a parent of a Cal Poly graduate and local community member, I want the Cal Poly Corporation to be successful.  Cal Poly and the students benefit from the hard work and services provided by the corporation.  As Cal Poly continues forward into the future, the corporation will play a necessary part of student success.

Patrick Mullen

Division Director, Pacific Gas & Electric Company

“As a member of the local business community, Cal Poly alumnus and now Cal Poly parent, I have seen first hand the terrific impact Cal Poly has on our community, region and state. Cal Poly Corporation plays a critical role in supporting our students’ success. From dining, books and student support programs, Cal Poly Corporation improves the lives of our students and of those in our neighboring communities.”

Cara Crye

CEO, Farm Supply Company

“I am incredibly honored to serve on the Cal Poly Corporation board as an alum and representative of our local business and agriculture communities. The corporation’s commitment to Cal Poly’s “Learn by Doing” philosophy is an integral part of the university’s success and enhancement of each student’s educational experience.”

Sean Hurley, Ph.D.

Professor, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science

“Cal Poly Corporation has a tremendously positive effect on the campus and local community through the services it offers; touching the lives of everyone on campus in one way of another. I am honored to serve on the board as a Faculty Senate representative and to help guide the corporation in helping Cal Poly fulfill its Learn by Doing mission.”

Celeste Esparza

Civil Engineering
Student Director

“Cal Poly Corporation plays an essential role in the academic success of students through meaningful contributions to Cal Poly’s principle ‘Learn by Doing’ philosophy. I am proud to serve as one of the student voices on the board to help the Cal Poly community prosper.”

Cole Dorris

Student Director

“As a key partner in supporting the ‘Learn by Doing’ philosophy, it is humbling to serve as a student representative on the corporation’s board of directors. I have been fortunate enough during my time at Cal Poly to know that our philosophy works. To be a student voice on decisions that affect how many experience that philosophy is an important and exciting role.”


Audit Committee

  • Cynthia Villa – Chair
  • Nick Pettit – Member

Investment Advisory Committee

  • Eldon Shiffman – Chair