After a comprehensive national search, President Michael Ortiz has announced that Dr. Edwin A. Barnes has accepted the position of vice president for Administrative Affairs and Chief Financial Officer. Barnes, who had filled the interim position since September 2006, will begin his new charge immediately.
“Cal Poly Pomona has been an extraordinary part of my life,” said Barnes. “I am honored to be chosen for this important position and look forward to enhancing my relationship with the outstanding men and women in the division of Administrative Affairs.”
Barnes has a distinguished 25-year record at the university that includes project planning and implementation, program administration, fundraising and teaching. 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.
“As with everything that Ed has been a part of, I am certain that he will do an outstanding job.” Ortiz said. “His contributions to the university are many and varied. His leadership skills along with his ability to listen to and work effectively with a broad constituency make him a perfect fit. I couldn't be more pleased that he will continue as a member of the university's leadership team.”
In his previous role as associate vice president for Executive Affairs, Barnes led the College of the Extended University and its extensive services for local, national and international communities. He headed 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 directed 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 soil sciences department. His efforts have raised more than $50 million for the university in grants, gifts and contracts.