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Cal State University Picks Fresno State President As New System Chancellor

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California State University trustees appointed Fresno State president Joseph Castro as system chancellor on September 23, 2020. (Screenshot)
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After a nearly year-long search, California State University trustees today picked Cal State Fresno President Joseph I. Castro as the new chancellor of the 23-campus system.

“I’m excited and honored to be the first California native and first Mexican American to serve as the chancellor of the California State University,” Castro said.

He’s been president of Fresno State since 2013. Castro earned a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, and a PhD from Stanford University.

“Like the majority of students we serve at CSU, I was the first in my family to attend and graduate from a university,” he said.

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Castro is replacing Chancellor Timothy White, who announced his retirement last year. White had been scheduled to step down in July but agreed to stay on longer to help the university system navigate the coronavirus crisis. Castro takes over the CSU system during one of the most challenging times in higher education in recent memory.

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