Dean, College of Science and Mathematics

California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, CA

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo has selected Dean Wendt as the next Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. His appointment is effective July 1.

Wendt is a 1993 graduate of Cal Poly with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He returned to the university as a professor in 2002. In addition to his teaching and research roles, he leads Cal Poly’s Center for Coastal Marine Sciences.

Wendt earned master’s and doctorate degrees in biology from Harvard University in 1995 and 1999, respectively. He conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and served as an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro before returning to Cal Poly.

He served as associate dean of the College of Science and Mathematics from 2011-14 and has served as dean of research since 2013. In assuming leadership of the college from Phil Bailey, Cal Poly’s longest-serving dean, Wendt will maintain his predecessor’s focus on student success and support of the university’s Learn by Doing approach.

Deborah Hodson led this search with Nate Brewer.