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Dec 7, 2009 1:52 PM by Emily Kiefer

Cal Poly President Warren Baker sends email to students about his retirement

As President Warren Baker announced his retirement Monday, he sent the following email to Cal Poly students:

Sent: Monday, December 07, 2009 10:11 AM
To: cpstudents
Subject: Message to Cal Poly Students

Dear Cal Poly Students:

I'm writing to tell you of my intention to retire as Cal Poly's President
once a successor can assume office, probably sometime in mid-2010.

It has been a deeply satisfying experience to serve as your president, and
nothing has given me greater pleasure in my 30 years in office than watching
so many students learn and grow during their years at Cal Poly.

As President, my focus has been on preserving and enriching Cal Poly's
hands-on, learn-by-doing curriculum. I believe that learn-by-doing has been
the core value that has made Cal Poly a distinctive learning community and
is the underlying reason that we are renowned for producing resourceful
professionals who are able to adapt and thrive in an increasingly complex
world.

What I've cherished about Cal Poly, and what I trust that you are finding
true in your academic experience, is that this truly is a distinctive
learning community, a place that attracts academically focused students who
can take intellectual risks without fear of failure, a community that
believes in you and your potential.

Certainly, my best days at Cal Poly have been the opportunities I have had
to watch with confidence and admiration how you take responsibility and
participate in the governance of the University.

I announce my retirement today confident that Cal Poly will continue to
prosper in the years to come. Of course, what you accomplish in your careers
will be the defining measure, and I eagerly look forward to the many good
ways you will enrich your professions and your communities.

It has been an extraordinary privilege to serve you and the entire Cal Poly
community. I wish you every success in life.

With Warm Regards,

Warren J. Baker
President

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