Hugh O. La Bounty announced this week that he will retire from the presidency of Cal Poly Pomona at the end of the school year. He has been head of the 20,000-student campus since 1977 and has been at the school in teaching and administrative jobs since 1953.
La Bounty, 62, presided over a period of rapid campus growth and oversaw widening of the school's curriculum from its agricultural and engineering roots. The Cal State system's Board of Trustees is expected to name a replacement by spring, officials said.
La Bounty came to Cal Poly Pomona as an English professor and later served as head of the social science department and vice president for academic affairs.