Tasked with a scenario, a team of more than 50 people come together biannually to spend a few hours training at Cal Poly's Emergency Operations Center. The training has the team respond to a simulated emergency, making sure the campus community was safe and had access to shelter, food and medical needs.

Brandon Johnson disassembles a hot water system for Campus Dining. “We are here to make sure that everything works, and everyone is comfortable so students can study and professors can teach.” Johnson brings more than 20 years of experience to a plumbing shop with eight full-time plumbers on staff.

Michael Beaubien is one of a pair of UPD maintenance technicians who do everything from maintaining off-duty weapons to making sure that parking meters are functioning properly. Through the judicial application of their many tasks the team ensures that Cal Poly is operating at its best.

John Ludwig, an 11-year veteran of the Cal Poly Carpenter Shop, counter sinks holes in a length of steel to be used on a fire door at the bookstore. Ludwig is one of a staff of 14 that the Carpenter Shop sends out every day to perform scheduled maintenance, fabricate replacement parts, and fix nearly anything that gets broken on campus.

Cindy Vizcaíno Villa, senior vice president, Administration and Finance, CFO (right) talks with a group touring the Vista Grande construction site. Through years of research and campus input, this three-story dining complex will have six micro-restaurants and will be LEED certified.

Administration & Finance

is the steward of Cal Poly's resources and comprises eight units that fulfill major operational roles for the university. With an annual budget of $101.4 million, A&F is responsible for capital project planning and maintenance of nearly six million square feet of space in the 150 major buildings on campus.

A&F maximizes campus business operations while contracting and procuring $100+ million of goods and services annually. It also oversees the human resources office, campus police department and Cal Poly Corporation – the university’s non-profit auxiliary organization.


from the staff of Administration & Finance at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. As a division dedicated to quality service to the Cal Poly community, we hope that you will find the information on the offerings of the Administration & Finance Division useful.

As you have occasion to use the services of Administration & Finance, we encourage you to offer comments that will assist us in the continual improvement of all that we do to enhance the quality at life of the Cal Poly campus.

Cynthia Vizcaíno Villa

Senior Vice President, Administration & Finance, Chief Financial Officer

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