Cal Poly Names Adriana Popescu Dean of Library Services

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly has named Adriana Popescu as its new dean of library services effective June 1, Provost Kathleen Enz Finken announced today.
Popescu will be responsible for the direction, development, implementation and evaluation of all aspects of library services and programs to meet the scholarly and intellectual needs of the university community. She was appointed dean following a nationwide search.
She joined Kennedy Library in 2015 as the associate dean for academic services and has filled the dean’s role on an interim basis since 2016, overseeing an annual budget of more than $7 million and about 50 faculty and staff members.

“I am honored by this appointment and delighted to continue working with the campus community on upholding the library’s place at the heart of holistic learning at Cal Poly,” Popescu said. “I look forward to working alongside the talented library faculty and staff to further Kennedy Library’s role in bringing diverse people and disciplines together and enabling collaboration, innovation and the creation of new knowledge.”
In the associate dean role, Popescu led the library’s instructional programs that support teaching, learning and educating career-ready students. During her time at Cal Poly, she has led Kennedy Library in visioning and programming for an upcoming, expansive project to renovate the building; led an effort to reenvision the library’s role and its programs and services; and has worked to establish the library as a partner in student success by fostering student development as researchers, authors, communicators and producers of knowledge.
“Adriana has provided outstanding leadership to Kennedy Library both in her initial role as the associate dean and her most recent role as interim dean,” Enz Finken said. “Her extensive experience with academic and research libraries as well as her commitment to developing partnerships between the library and other campus organizations will serve her well as dean. I am confident she will continue to advance the library as a partner in teaching, learning and research at Cal Poly and enrich its nationally recognized reputation.”
Previously, Popescu held positions at University of Notre Dame and Princeton University, where she oversaw transformative changes in the areas of library services, collections, information technology, facilities and advancement.
Throughout her career, Popescu has built lasting partnerships between the library or library units and other campus organizations, based on a shared system of values and principles centered on enabling student, researcher and faculty success. She is committed to enriching the work environment by fostering and embracing opportunities created by diversity along a number of dimensions, including race, ethnicity and national origin, gender and gender identity, sexuality, class and religion.
Popescu is a member of several committees and advisory boards, including the CSU Council of Library Deans, the Cal Poly President’s Leadership Council and the university’s Academic Support Network Initiative.
Popescu earned a joint bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering from the Technical University of Civil Engineering in Bucharest, Romania; and a Master of Library Science degree from Rutgers University.
About Kennedy Library
The Robert E. Kennedy Library is nationally recognized for its distinction in engaging the students and faculty of the Cal Poly community. While integrating traditional library resources and services with digital tools and platforms, the library continuously experiments to adapt its services, programs and spaces to meet the evolving academic programs, research interests, and needs of the university community. Kennedy Library’s 10 librarians, 35 staff, and over 120 student assistants work with campus partners to deliver services focused on Cal Poly’s commitments to research, learning, collaboration and innovation. With more than 1.4 million annual visits, the library is customer-driven, whether in providing high-quality information resources, supporting faculty teaching and research, developing digital user interfaces, or redesigning spaces that encourage creative work, collaboration and focused study. For more information, visit
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, California. Known for its Learn by Doing approach, small class sizes and open access to expert faculty, Cal Poly is a distinctive learning community whose 22,000 academically motivated students enjoy an unrivaled hands-on educational experience that prepares them to lead successful personal and professional lives. For more information, visit

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