1967 – 1978: Presidential Successes
KSBY news anchor Dave Garth interviews President Elect Kennedy.
During Kennedy's presidency, Cal Poly evolved into a mature and respected institution in higher education in California and the West. "When I became President, my most important role was to listen." His presidency became known for reaching out to groups to seek their opinions. Holding community forums and press conferences was his preferred style of communication.
Great period of growth
Between 1967 and 1978 President Kennedy led Cal Poly in a great period of growth: the formal creation of the Academic Senate, the founding of the School of Architecture, the opening of the Julian A. McPhee College Union, and the development of many large classroom structures on campus.
University Status and 15,000 students
By 1977 student enrollment reached 15,502 students. During President Kennedy's tenure university status was granted to Cal Poly, and the school's official name was changed to California Polytechnic State University by the state legislature.
At the intersection of University Drive and N. Polyview Drive
Construction of College Union (later McPhee University Union), 1970 on the left and Kennedy at the opening of Mustang Lanes, 1971 on the right.
All images courtesy of University Archives, Cal Poly
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As student activism heats up across the nation, President Kennedy increases student participation on campus.
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