Cal Poly names new vice president for student affairs

Keith Humphrey
Keith Humphrey

Keith Humphrey, a current University of Arizona administrator, has been named Cal Poly’s new vice president for student affairs.

Humphrey will join Cal Poly in February.

Humphrey will oversee a varied list of programs within Student Affairs such as Associated Students, Inc., Career Services, the Disability Resource Center, University Housing, Health and Counseling Services, the Parent Program and Student Life and Leadership.

At University of Arizona, Humphrey is the assistant vice president for student affairs, dean of students and an assistant professor of practice in higher education. He has previously served as assistant dean of students, associate dean of students and director of orientation.

“Keith brings a strong background in student-related services and higher education expertise that will make Cal Poly even stronger,” President Jeffrey D. Armstrong said in a press release. “He shares our value that student success is the top priority, and he knows the critical role that Student Affairs programming plays in students’ academic success.”

Armstrong said one of Humphrey’s key roles will be to help students engage in a strong relationship with others living in the community.

Humphrey received his bachelor’s degree in government from The College of William and Mary, a master’s of education in counseling psychology from James Madison University and a doctorate in higher education from the University of Arizona. He is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and grew up in Stamford, Conn. He and his partner, Brett Klay, have three children.

Humphrey replaces Vice President Preston Allen. Allen, who is Cal Poly’s executive director of University Housing, has led the department on an interim basis since January, when former vice president Cornel Morton became Cal Poly’s senior adviser to the president for outreach.