Cal Poly College of Liberal Arts Dean to Retire

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly today announced that Doug Epperson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, will retire in August 2018.

“Under Dean Epperson's leadership, the College of Liberal Arts has achieved a new level of excellence,” said Kathleen Enz Finken, Cal Poly’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “He has been instrumental in understanding and promoting the critical role of the arts, humanities and social sciences in our polytechnic environment.”

Epperson has been the dean of Cal Poly's College of Liberal Arts since 2012. Prior to that appointment, he served as dean at Washington State University and associate dean at Iowa State University, where he was an administrator and professor in the Psychology Department for more than 25 years.

“This was an enormously difficult decision to make, because I have greatly enjoyed my time at Cal Poly,” said Epperson. “I have never worked with a better or more collaborative and effective group. My only regret is that I was not able to spend more of my career with such a fine college at such an excellent university.”

Epperson has been a strong proponent for interdisciplinary collaboration at Cal Poly. He helped to introduce four new minors that combine the studies of science, technology and society. He is also committed to diversity and inclusion. He formed a standing inclusivity and diversity committee for both students and faculty, and he hired an associate dean for diversity and curriculum.

Outside of higher education, Epperson was chair of the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs and was a fellow for the American Psychological Association, Society of Counseling Psychology.

Enz Finken said the university will begin the recruitment process for the college’s next dean this fall, with the aim of appointing the next dean before summer.
 

Doug Epperson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Cal Poly.

About the Cal Poly College of Liberal Arts
The College of Liberal Arts comprises 15 departments and two interdisciplinary programs, offering highly selective programs in the arts, humanities, communications and social sciences. Providing nearly one-third of the university's instruction, the college serves as an essential component of liberal arts education for all students at Cal Poly. The college fosters excellence within its cutting-edge disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses while diversifying, extending and enriching the broader polytechnic environment. For more information, visit: https://cla.calpoly.edu/.

About Cal Poly
Founded in 1901 and part of the renowned California State University system since 1960, Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive polytechnic public university located in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Known for its Learn by Doing approach, small class sizes and open access to expert faculty, Cal Poly is a distinctive learning community whose 21,000 academically motivated students enjoy an unrivaled hands-on educational experience that prepares them to lead successful personal and professional lives. For more information, visit www.calpoly.edu.

Contact: Matt Lazier
805-756-7109; mlazier@calpoly.edu

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