Vice President Patricia Farris to Retire

Vice President Patricia Farris to Retire
Patricia L. Farris, vice president for Administrative Affairs

Vice president for Administrative Affairs Patricia Farris announced on Friday, June 30, that she will retire from her position as the university's chief financial officer on Sept. 1.

Farris said that she and her husband Bob have been considering retirement for quite some time.

“There is never a good time to leave a job that you love, except perhaps when you do love it,” said Farris. “I have spent 26 years in higher education, and am proud to have worked with the great people at Cal Poly Pomona. Now I am looking forward to the opportunity for Bob and I to enjoy more time together.”

Farris has had a long and productive history with Cal Poly Pomona and the California State University system. She has steadfastly led the Division of Administrative Affairs for more than a decade. She took instrumental roles in the large-scale construction of much-needed buildings on campus, including for Science, Engineering, Residential Suites, the university's first parking structure, and her favorite project, a pedestrian walkway through the campus. During recent budget reduction years, Farris worked hard to ensure Cal Poly Pomona did not experience layoffs.

Before coming to Cal Poly Pomona, Farris helped to launch the CSU San Marcos campus by establishing its foundation and first three buildings. Prior to joining higher education, she and her husband owned and operated a successful fresh flower growing and shipping company. Farris used her broad skills and experiences in the non-profit and for-profit worlds in leading professional organizations. From 2003-2004, she was the sixth woman and first Mexican-American to chair the National Association of College and University Business Officers.  She also served as president and a member of the board of the Western Association of College and University Business Officers.

“Pat has made so many significant contributions to Cal Poly Pomona and the CSU,” said university president Michael Ortiz. “Her departure will be a great loss to the Cal Poly Pomona family, but I know that Pat and Bob will continue to maintain close contact with her many friends and colleagues here at the university. I will personally miss her leadership, wise counsel and good nature.”

Details on the search for a replacement anddivision leadership after Sept. 1 will soon be available.