Chip Visci plans to retire from Cal Poly

Chip Visci
Chip Visci

Chip Visci, who has overseen media relations, alumni relations and government relations at Cal Poly during the last five years, will retire from the university early next year.

The former Tribune publisher joined Cal Poly as associate vice president for strategic communications in the advancement office, and more recently has served as director of communications in the Office of the President.

During his tenure, Visci “led several important initiatives including a redesign of the Cal Poly web site, implementation of branding standards, a restructuring of the Alumni Association’s finances and a reorganization of the association’s Board of Directors,” according to a news release.

Cal Poly chief of staff Betsy Kinsley wrote that both she and Cal Poly President Jeff Armstrong have appreciated Visci’s “candid counsel, keen sense of collaboration and savvy communications skills.”

Visci, who was widely respected for his leadership in news and business operations for more than 30 years, was publisher of The Tribune from December 2004 until October 2008.

“Cal Poly has afforded me a rare opportunity,” Visci, 60, told The Tribune. “I've had the privilege of working closely with two presidents — Warren Baker and Jeff Armstrong — and to help the university with the transition in presidential leadership.”

Visci plans to continue to work as a management consultant with a focus on strategic communications and to remain active in the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce, and to help other nonprofits.

Cal Poly expects to have Visci’s successor in place by the time he leaves.