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Robert D. Koob Endowment for Student Success

Robert D. Koob

Robert D. Koob

Dr. Koob served as Cal Poly's senior vice president and vice president for Academic Affairs from 1990 to 1995 and as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs again from 2008 until his retirement in 2012.

From 1995 to 2006, Koob returned to his undergraduate alma mater, University of Northern Iowa (UNI), to serve as president. During his time there, UNI's endowment grew by more than 100 percent and federal support increased seven-fold. Enrollment and the number of graduates reached record levels. Additionally, under his leadership UNI increased the number of scholarships funded by private sources by over 75 percent, and the university had more students benefit from international experience than any other master's-level university in the United States.

The purpose of the Koob Endowment is to support hands-on, project-based learning opportunities for students at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

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