|Ed Barnes has been named interim vice president for Administrative Affairs.|
After the retirement of Cal Poly Pomona's chief financial officer on Sept. 1, associate vice president for Executive Affairs Dr. Edwin A. Barnes will assume the responsibilities of interim vice president for Administrative Affairs until a nation-wide search for the permanent position is complete.
Barnes has a distinguished 25-year record at Cal Poly Pomona that includes project planning and implementation, program administration, fundraising and teaching. The appointment, which begins Sept. 2, was announced by university president Dr. Michael Ortiz.
“Because of his proven leadership skills and extensive knowledge of Cal Poly Pomona, Ed was the natural choice,” said Ortiz. “I am confident Ed will provide excellent direction for the division of Administrative Affairs during this period of transition.”
The vice president for Administrative Affairs is the university's chief financial officer. The position oversees the division of Administrative Affairs, comprising facilities planning and management; finance and administrative services; diversity, human resources and employee services; and risk management services.
“I am pleased that the president has confidence in my ability to take on this responsibility,” said Barnes. “This is a wonderful opportunity to work with the division of Administrative Affairs. These staff members work behind the scenes to ensure the university has all the resources it needs to operate, from building the classrooms to accounting for the university's financial needs and ensuring the campus community is operating in a safe environment. I am honored to join this team.”
As associate vice president for Executive Affairs, Barnes leads the College of the Extended University and its extensive services for local, national and international communities. He heads development of the 65-acre Innovation Village technology park, anchored by the American Red Cross's regional blood processing center and the Center for Training, Technology & Incubation. He also directs the 339-acre LandLab project site, which includes the AGRIscapes educational center, the Farm Store at Kellogg Ranch and the 200-acre Spadra landfill. Previously, Barnes was executive director of asset development and a professor in the horticulture, plant and social sciences department. His efforts have raised more than $50 million for the university in grants, gifts and contracts.
Vice president for Administrative Affairs Patricia Farris announced on June 30 that she will retire from her position on Sept. 1. Details on leadership of the College of the Extended University after Barnes begins his post as interim vice president of Administrative Affairs will soon be announced.