Shanthi Srinivas, associate vice president for academic planning, policy and faculty affairs, has announced that she will retire on Aug. 2, capping a career at Cal Poly Pomona that has spanned nearly three decades.
“Working at Cal Poly Pomona has been more than just a career for me — it’s been a passion,” Srinivas says. “I have been privileged to work with some of the finest faculty, staff and students I have met in higher education, and I have made many friends here.”
Srinivas began her career at Cal Poly Pomona as an assistant professor in the College of Business Administration in 1988 after receiving a doctorate in business administration from The Pennsylvania State University. Upon arriving on campus, she quickly rose to become chair of the Department of Management and Human Resources and then was elevated to associate dean at CBA.
In the 2009-10 academic year, she led the university through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation process as chair of the educational effectiveness review committee that resulted in a rare 10-year reaccreditation for the university.
The following year, she became an associate vice president, a position she has retained since. In that role, she was involved with developing a collective-bargaining agreement for faculty, overseeing budget allocations for the colleges, designing new diversity awareness training, increasing the diversity of faculty, allocating funds from the Student Success Fee, and the founding of PolyTeach, an annual event that highlights the ways in which faculty members use technology to augment instruction.
Srinivas played a key role as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and as co-chair of the Academic Affairs Planning and Evaluation Committee. She has conducted department chair training and mentoring programs, and managed the integration of eLearning with the Faculty Center for Professional Development.
She also led the push to integrate technology with education by running the eLearning team, overseeing the Faculty Center for Professional Development and serving as mentor in the ADVANCE program, which lends support to female students in STEM fields.
“I appreciate Shanthi’s many contributions to the university’s strategic planning efforts,” says Provost Sylvia A. Alva. “She has also been a tireless advocate for supporting and increasing opportunities in professional and leadership development for faculty and staff.”
A retirement celebration will be held for Srinivas on Tuesday, May 31 from 4 to 6 p.m. near the W.K. Kellogg Rose Garden. For free registration, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shanthi-srinivas-retirement-celebration-tickets-25604271064