Kennedy & the Library
In addition to the many roles he fulfilled during his time at Cal poly, Dr. Kennedy was always an advocate for the university's library.
Cal Poly Librarian
In the 1940s he became directly responsible for the library when he was assigned the title of Cal Poly Librarian, in addition to his responsibilities as professor and faculty advisor.
Later, as Cal Poly President, Dr. Kennedy was actively involved in working with the legislature to fund the construction of a new library to replace the out-of-date Dexter Library.
"The governor did not want to support new facilities, and I had to exert pressure on powerful stakeholders to get the Library approved," Kennedy said. In 1978, in honor of his long and dedicated service to Cal Poly, the CSU trustees voted to name Cal Poly's new library building after its seventh leader.
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