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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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The purpose of the Provost’s Leadership Award for Partnership in Philanthropy is to recognize a current or former Cal Poly faculty member for superior achievement in fundraising. The awardee should demonstrate an ability to garner external support to advance the mission of Cal poly and work collaboratively with the university’s development staff.

Nominations will be accepted for the Provost’s Leadership Award for Partnership in Philanthropy during spring quarter

The award recipient will receive campus-wide recognition; faculty, staff and current students are eligible to submit nominations.

The nomination must include:

  1. Completed nomination form. PDF | Word
  2. A nomination letter that describes the nominee’s efforts to leverage support to advance the mission of Cal Poly and work effectively with donors, alumni, and the university’s development staff. The letter may also include special activities that relate to fundraising.

For more information contact Jeanne Scott, Office of the Provost

805-756-2186 or email

   Past Awardees

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