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Provost's Leadership Award for Partnership in Philanthropy

Ray Fernando


2017 Awardee – Dr. Raymond Fernando

Professor in Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, College of Science and Mathematics

Dr. Raymond Fernando has demonstrated exemplary leadership in attracting private support for Cal Poly’s Kenneth N. Edwards Western Coatings Technology (WCTC). The WCTC hands-on labs and research in polymers and coatings supports the university’s mission and provides excellent Learn by Doing experiences for our students.

“Ray Fernando provides an excellent example of not only partnership, but leadership in philanthropy”, said Phil Bailey, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics.

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2018 Nominations are being accepted by the Office of the Provost, through Monday, April 23

The Provost's Leadership Award for Partnership in Philanthropy celebrates visionary leaders who have forged critical partnerships to advance the mission of Cal Poly. Nominees may be current or former faculty members who have been instrumental in comprehensive development and fundraising efforts. The award recipient will be selected by the Provost and will receive campus wide recognition. 


Faculty, staff and current students are eligible to submit nominations. Please include th following in the nomination packet:
  1. Completed nomination form. PDF | Word
  2. A letter of nomination describing the nominee's efforts to leverage support to advance the mission of Cal Poly. Include illustrations of how the nominee works effectively with donors, alumni and the advancement staff at Cal Poly; highlighting special activities that relate to this effort.

For more information contact Jeanne Scott, Office of the Provost

805-756-2186 or email

   Past Awardees

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