Longtime Cal Poly graphic communication professor retiring

A professor of nearly three decades in Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department credited for bringing the program into the digital age has retired.

Mike Blum taught in the program for 27 years.

Department Head Harvey Levenson said that Blum was instrumental in Cal Poly’s transition from using linotype machines that date to the 1800s to electronic printing.

Levenson said that Blum also worked to get donations of 25 Apple Macintosh Plus computers and LaserWriters shortly after his arrival on campus in the 1980s and donations from the company have continued with each new generation of Apple computer.

The Mike Blum Graphic Communication Endowment has been established to support an annual student scholarship and to cover faculty, staff and laboratory development.