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What’s in a Name?

by Rachel Henry

Cal Poly alumnus and former Dean of Research Dean Wendt fulfilled the promise of his own name when he was announced as dean of the College of Science and Mathematics in July, succeeding outgoing Dean Phil Bailey.

“For years, the college has been enriching lives through learning and innovation,” says Wendt. “I am excited to work collaboratively with our faculty, staff and students to grow our impact and national reputation.”

Of course, Wendt’s qualifications go far beyond his given moniker. He graduated from Cal Poly in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in biology, going on to earn an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard. He returned to Cal Poly as a professor in 2002 and has served in multiple roles, including director of the Center for Coastal Marine Sciences and associate dean of the college.

“Dean brings outstanding leadership skills and campus knowledge as well as a genuine love of Cal Poly and the College of Science and Mathematics,” said Provost Kathleen Enz Finken. “His energy and excitement will help move the college to the next level, and his rich history of teaching, research, student engagement and administration will serve him well in his new role.”

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