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. The 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

“The 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 the Cal Poly Corporation to further its mission in serving the entire campus community.”


Cyrus Ramezani

Department Chair, Agribusiness
Director, Investment Advisory Committee Member 

“Being on the board has afforded me the opportunity to see the contributions CPC makes to university life and the due diligence undertaken to arrive at most business decisions. As a long-time faculty member, I am lucky to see things from the academic and student perspective and bring their concerns to the decision-making process. I am honored to be part of this very important economic unit at Cal Poly.”

Dean Wendt

Dean of Research, College of Science and Mathematics

“The 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

Chairman, Community Leadership Groups at Rabobank
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 the 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. The Cal Poly Corporation plays a critical role in supporting our students’ success. From dining, books and student support programs, the 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.”

Kshitij Mehta

Accounting and Finance
Student Director

“The opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors for Cal Poly Corporation has allowed me contribute a student voice to programs and policies that effect student learning and the university through all corporation decisions. As a student director, it is a true privilege to serve on the board and help enact true change across campus to help enhance the success of our students, faculty, staff, and community.”

A. Roman Waskiewicz

Agriculture Science
Student Director

“The Cal Poly Corporation is vital to carrying out the university’s educational mission and enhancing student success by contributing to and strengthening Cal Poly’s ‘Learn by Doing’ philosophy. I am honored and humbled to serve as a student director on the Cal Poly Corporation Board of Directors. I serve to ensure that the student voice is heard so that our campus can continue to provide the highest quality education and experience to current and future students.”


Audit Committee

  • Cynthia Villa – Chair
  • Nick Pettit – Member
  • Kshitij Mehta – Member

Investment Advisory Committee

  • Eldon Shiffman – Chair