Cal Poly hires Betsy Kinsley as chief of staff for president's office

Following a national search, Betsy Kinsley, 35, has been hired as the new chief of staff for Cal Poly’s president’s office. Her appointment is effective July 11.

She succeeds Dan Howard-Greene, who retired as chief of staff in December after 16 years.

“Betsy has a strong track record as an effective problem solver,” said Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong. “People like her and trust her. She is a strong believer in shared governance and has proven she knows how to work effectively with faculty, staff, students and alumni on behalf of the university.”

Kinsley has held a similar position at San Diego State University since 2008, where she manages the Office of the President and the Office of Diversity.

“I’ve long admired Cal Poly’s reputation for excellence and its commitment to student success through its Learn by Doing programs,” Kinsley said. “I look forward to contributing to Cal Poly’s special mission as one of the country’s premier polytechnic universities.”

Kinsley’s background includes serving as a chief of staff to the San Diego City Council president, as a legislative aide and law clerk to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, and as a community volunteer for sustainable community initiatives.

She earned a law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law and is a member of the State Bar of California.

Kinsley and her husband, Cole, have a 1-year old daughter and a 3-year-old son.