CPP Magazine

President's Message

President Soaya M. Coley

Investing in the Long Run

Earning a college degree is much like training for a marathon. It requires dedication, hard work and perseverance in the face of inevitable obstacles — obstacles of competing priorities. Obstacles that might leave oneself feeling alone or like an imposter. Obstacles that make many wonder if the long hours, the energy exerted and the time away from family and friends is worth it. And I am here to say that it is.

The same feelings of triumph and accomplishment that come with crossing the finish line ring true for every student as they cross the graduation stage. Just as a marathoner draws strength from their family and friends along the way, our students thrive off the support they receive from you, our Bronco community.

It is that community of care and support that prompted Money Magazine to recognize Cal Poly Pomona as one of the “Best Colleges in America 2023” based on quality of education, affordability and student outcomes.

As you will read in this special philanthropy edition of CPP Magazine, there are so many people and programs that empower our students to reach their full potential and get A Running Start toward a lifetime of success. It is this support that continues to help them overcome obstacles, stay motivated in the face of challenges and ultimately achieve their goals.

To all our donors and supporters: Thank You. Your continued support makes a real difference in the lives of our students, empowering them to thrive in their careers and communities as leaders, innovators and problem solvers.

Together, we can ensure that our graduates not only cross the finish line but continue to run toward success for years to come. 


Soraya M. Coley, Ph.D.