Debra Brum Announces Retirement

Debra Brum Announces Retirement
Debra Brum

After dedicating her career to education and Cal Poly Pomona, Debra Brum will retire as vice president of Instructional & Information Technology (I&IT) in the summer of 2009.

“Cal Poly Pomona is a place of amazing opportunity,” said Brum. “My experiences as a student, faculty member, and administrator have been extraordinary.”

Brum has worked at Cal Poly Pomona for 27 years, serving as associate provost, associate vice president for Faculty Affairs, co-chair of the University Council of Chairs, chair and professor of Computer Science, and lecturer in Mathematics and Computer Science, prior to becoming vice president in 2005.  

She holds a doctorate in information and computer science from UC Irvine, a master's in computer science from Cal Poly Pomona, a master's in mathematics from Cal Poly Pomona and a bachelor's in mathematics from Michigan State University.

“Debra has been an extraordinary asset to Cal Poly Pomona and to me personally,” said President Michael Ortiz. “Her breadth of experience and dedication to this university has impacted our students at so many levels. I can honestly say that this university is a better place because of Debra and we will be challenged to find someone of equal talent and commitment.”

As vice president for I&IT, Brum is responsible for campus technology, including voice and data infrastructure, administrative systems, support for the use of technology in teaching and learning, computing classrooms and laboratories, the Cal Poly Pomona Help Desk, and the university web site. She serves as vice chair of the IT Governance Executive Committee and assumes primary responsibility for campus information security.

A national search for a new vice president will begin as soon as possible, focused on identifying a successful candidate before the beginning of the 2009-10 academic year.