Biz Buzz: Poly cancels Santa Barbara program

Cal Poly won’t open a master of business administration program in Santa Barbara at the request of the California State University Chancellor’s Office.

CSU instead is directing area students to courses offered in the MBA program at CSU Channel Islands in Camarillo, according to Cal Poly officials.

Prospective students who filed applications for admission to Cal Poly’s Santa Barbara MBA program will receive a refund of their application fees.

Cal Poly conducted a feasibility study and was intending to set up a program in Santa Barbara that would offer unique educational opportunities compared with other area programs.

Dave Christy, dean of Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business, said in a statement that “the concerns of the Chancellor’s Office regarding proximity to CSU Channel Islands cannot be disregarded, and we all share the same desire to provide Californians access to high-quality programs.”

— Nick Wilson

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Jerry Michael of San Luis Obispo, principal of RRM Design Group’s Engineering Division, has been elected as president of the California division of the American Council of Engineering Companies.

More than 5,300 firms throughout the country are members of the council. Michael has worked for RRM Design Group for 15 years.

— Julia Hickey