Three finalists named for Cal Poly president job

The three finalists for the president job at Cal Poly will visit the campus this week.

Each candidate will spend a day meeting faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community. An open forum will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Advanced Technology Laboratories each day the candidates are in town.

The first candidate to visit is Robert E. Palazzo, provost and chief academic officer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York. He will visit the campus Tuesday.

The second candidate is Thomas C. Skalak, vice president for research and professor of biomedical engineering, University of Virginia. He will be at Cal Poly on Wednesday.

The final candidate is Jeffrey D. Armstrong, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and professor of animal science, Michigan State University, who will visit the campus Thursday.

The new president will succeed interim President Robert Glidden, who took over for retiring president Warren Baker in August. Baker had served as president since 1979.