Campus: Cal Poly Pomona -- March 13, 2003
Fresno State Provost Ortiz named President of
Cal Poly Pomona
Dr. J. Michael Ortiz, California State University, Fresno provost and
vice president for academic affairs, was named president of Cal Poly
Pomona today (March 13) by the CSU Board of Trustees.
Ortiz, 55, will be Cal Poly Pomona's fifth president, succeeding Bob
Suzuki, who is retiring this summer after 12 years at Cal Poly Pomona
and 22 years in the CSU system.
Ortiz expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to work with Fresno
State President John D. Welty and the campus community.
"Fresno State has one of the finest collection of deans that I
have ever seen and I am indebted to them for their willingness to address
the good and the bad in a collegial, productive manner. I have a profound
respect for the faculty on the campus. Along with being excellent teachers
and scholars, they have worked with me and the administration to develop
a model of shared governance which is envied across the system,"
Welty said he is pleased that Ortiz was named to the Pomona presidency.
"He has done an outstanding job at Fresno State and I look forward
to having him as a presidential colleague in the California State University."
Board of Trustees member and chair of the Pomona search committee Tony
Vitti called Ortiz "perfect" for Cal Poly Pomona.
"We were fortunate that we had such an extraordinary group of finalists
to choose from, and Mike Ortiz really stood out. He has the energy and
vision to lead the campus boldly in this new century," Vitti said.
"Mike's background is similar to many of our students as he was
one of the first in his family to attend college. Therefore, he can
relate well to students, and has a great insight into the mission of
the California State University. The Cal Poly Pomona community will
be the beneficiary of his talents," Vitti said.
Ortiz was named Fresno State's provost and vice president in April 1999
after serving as interim in that position for 19 months. He joined the
Fresno State community as associate provost in August 1996.
Among his accomplishments at Fresno State are: the elevation of research,
scholarship and creative activities to a new level, implementation of
the student outcomes assessment program, finalization and implementation
of the General Education program, creation of the Digital Campus, working
with the campus grants and research office to boost grant and contract
support from $12 million to $40 million in the last six years and working
with the Academic Senate to create the College of Innovation.
Ortiz came to Fresno State from the University of Southern Colorado
where he had completed six years of service. He had served in the roles
of provost, associate provost and dean.
Prior to his move to Colorado, Ortiz had served for 19 years in the
University of North Carolina System, with most of that time being spent
on the faculty at Appalachian State University in Boone.
He earned his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill
(UNC) in early childhood special education, focusing on program development
and evaluation for the developmentally disabled from birth through five
years of age. He also was a Research Associate at UNC's Frank Porter
Graham Child Development Center.
Dr. Ortiz was born in Carrizozo, N.M. He attended the University of
New Mexico, where he earned a bachelor's degree in English and secondary
education and a master's degree in special education, focusing on mental
retardation and severe emotional/behavioral disorders. He taught severely
behaviorally disordered children in the Albuquerque public schools.
Ortiz and his wife, Betty Faye, have two adult daughters, Sumer and
The CSU Board of Trustees will set Ortiz's salary at its May meeting.
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona has an enrollment of
nearly 20,000 students and about 2,600 faculty and staff. The campus
offers bachelor's and master's degrees and certificate programs. The
university has a "learn by doing" polytechnic philosophy and
its mission is to advance learning and knowledge by linking theory and
The 1,438-acre, second largest in land area in the CSU system, is located
35 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The campus was once was the winter
ranch of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg.
Contact: Shirley Melikian Armbruster (559) 278-2795
or (559) 269-5261