New Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong and his wife, Sharon, moved into their new home on campus Saturday — which the university leader says will keep him more connected to the campus community.
The four-bedroom university house, built in 1928, hasn’t been occupied since 2004, when former President Warren Baker moved into a home in Avila Beach.
As well as providing living quarters, the campus home also will be used to host visitors including faculty, some of the 750 professional advisors to the university, donors, Cal Poly athletic teams, parents and students, he said.
Armstrong and his wife have two grown children who both currently live out of state, so the couple will be the only residents of the two-story house located within view of Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
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“This will provide me with a way to stay better connected here on campus,” Armstrong said. “It will provide a venue to entertain.”
Armstrong said that he would receive no monetary compensation for housing in addition to the home provided to him and his wife at Cal Poly. Baker received a $60,000 per year housing allowance as part of his salary when he lived off-campus.
Until this week, the new president and his wife had been living in a San Luis Obispo home leased by the university at $4,000 a month.
The 5,000-square-foot university home has been renovated numerous times.
Repairs over the past year have included termite tenting, electrical upgrades, bathroom modernizations, painting and window replacements that totaled about $337,000.
University officials provided the media a tour Wednesday of the home that features views of the campus from the second story, plenty of natural lighting and a Spanish tile roof.
A large patio connected to a wing of the home has often been used for social gatherings, banquets and fundraisers during the time that Baker lived there as well as when he lived off-campus, university officials said.
Armstrong said that the home will be a well-used venue as the university begins a capital campaign in the next year or so.