Two weeks after none of the three remaining candidates for president of Cal Poly were hired, and with just over a month before outgoing president Warren Baker retires, the university has named an interim president.
Robert Glidden, 73, president emeritus of Ohio University, was selected by the California State University Board of Trustees to take over after Baker departs on July 31.
Glidden served as president in Ohio from 1994 to 2004, as well as in several capacities at Florida State University from 1979 to 1994, including provost and vice president for academic affairs. A former dean and music professor, Glidden also held appointments in music at a number of colleges, among them Indiana University, the University of Oklahoma and Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
Glidden will serve pending the search or a permanent president. His salary will be determined at a July 1 Board of Trustees meeting, Cal Poly Spokesperson Stacia Momburg said.
Baker announced his plans to retire earlier this year after serving more than 30 years as the head of the school.