Mary Pedersen

Mary Pedersen

Mary Pedersen, Ph.D., currently serves as the Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Prior to this she served for seven years as the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Associate Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Planning, working on university strategic planning, accreditation, program review and assessment, curriculum development and planning. She was also involved in revision of General Education and campus implementation of the CSU Graduation Initiative. Prior to this, Dr. Pedersen served as Associate Dean for the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences for seven years, leading policy and curriculum development, program assessment and review, faculty development and review. She also served as Principal Investigator of multiple grants including a USDA Higher Education Multicultural Scholars grant. She began her career as an Associate Professor of Nutrition at Cal Poly, serving as Department Chair for five years. Dr. Pedersen holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from UCSB and an M.S and Ph.D. in Nutrition and Lipid Biochemistry from UCLA. Her research focused on lipoprotein metabolism and cardiovascular disease.