CHAPTER 400 Office of the President

410 The President of the University

The President of California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) is appointed by the Board of Trustees of the California State University (CSU) and reports to the Chancellor of the CSU. The President’s authority derives from delegation from the Chancellor and/or the Trustees, as appropriate. As chief executive and academic officer, the President is ultimately responsible for the state of the University.

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The President represents the campus interest within the CSU System; with local, state and national officials; with the state and higher education community; and is expected to symbolize the best qualities of the institution. The President is the leading spokesperson for the institution with external and internal constituencies.

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Working in harmony with external and internal constituencies, the President provides overall leadership and guidance for the University. The President leads the institution by managing the human and financial resources to fulfill the University’s stated mission.


The President nurtures and expands the academic reputation of the University and orchestrates the charting of the future of the campus.


In addition to oversight of the state funded academic and support programs of the University, the President has the authority and responsibility for the fiscal integrity and overall operations of campus auxiliary organizations. This authority in the President is vested through CSU regulations and delegations from the CSU Trustees and the Chancellor in accordance with state statutes.

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References for CAP 410

  1. Date approved by the President: September 2, 2015
  2. Effective Date: September 2, 2015
  3. Responsible Department/Office: Office of the President
  4. Revision History: Use when applicable
  5. Related University Policies, Procedures, Manuals and/or Documents:
    1. Statement of General Principles in the Delegation of Authority and Responsibility, 8/4/1961, CSU Board of Trustees, Resolution and Standing Orders
    2. Office of the President Website
  6. Laws, Regulations and/or Codes of practice referred to herein or related to this policy:
    1. California Education Code Section 89035 et seq.
    2. Donahoe Higher Education Act of 1960
    3. Title 5, California Code of Regulations, Sections 42402 and 40000 et al.