Office of the President

Future Plans of Vice President for Administration, Finance, and Strategic Development and CFO, Danielle Manning

June 9, 2020

I write to share the news that Danielle Manning, who has served as Vice President for Administration, Finance and Strategic Development and CFO since August 2016, will be leaving Cal Poly Pomona to take a new role as the Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer at Clark University effective July 1, 2020. Please join me in congratulating Danielle on her new position, which provides her the opportunity to serve in a leadership role at her alma mater in Worcester, Massachusetts, from which she earned both her bachelor’s degree and her MBA.

During her time at Cal Poly Pomona, Danielle has been an important member of my senior leadership team during a crucial period of change and development for our University. She has played a pivotal role in the design and progress of the University’s Strategic Plan, including our emphasis on advancing organizational development and employee excellence. She has overseen the creation of our ambitious Campus Master Plan and has led innovations in our budgeting and financial planning processes that assure greater efficiency, effectiveness, and stability. Moreover, she has recruited and mentored several talented leaders to Cal Poly Pomona in Administrative Affairs, who will continue to advance the work of the division. I am grateful for her collaboration and leadership over the past four years. 

Danielle’s impact on our campus is significant. Among her many accomplishments, she served as a co-advisor to accept the acquisition of the Lanterman property from the state and facilitated the early stages of the pre-development process for the site. In addition, she helped to establish the new Cal Poly Pomona Philanthropic Foundation to promote, secure, and steward support for the university and its future.

We will launch a national search for the position of Vice President for Administration, Finance and Strategic Development and CFO as we begin the fall semester in 2020. Until the incumbent is identified, I have decided not to appoint an interim Vice President to oversee the division but rather to take a distributed approach to maintaining the areas in the portfolio. Each responsible unit leader in the division will partner with the Office of the President or an appointed divisional Vice President to continue the functions and strategic objectives for the area and to assure oversight for these critical services. Because of the strong team that Danielle has built, I am confident that this approach will continue to serve the institution during this transitional period.  

I know that you join me in thanking Danielle for her many contributions to Cal Poly Pomona and wishing her well as she embarks on this exciting professional opportunity at Clark. We will recognize and celebrate her accomplishments and her transition at a virtual event later this month.