On Wednesday morning, the California State University system announced Joseph I. Castro as its eighth chancellor, the first California native and Mexican American to hold the position.
The CSU Board of Trustees appointed Castro to succeed a retiring Timothy P. White, who has held the role since 2012. This new role follows his seven-year stint as the president of CSU Fresno and 23 years of service in the University of California system.
“Dr. Castro is a passionate and effective advocate for his students, his campus and the CSU, in his local community, in Sacramento and in Washington, DC,” CSU Board of Trustees Chair Lillian Kimbell said.
Our Fresno State community joins in congratulating Dr. @JosephICastro on his new appointment as the next @calstate Chancellor. We are proud that his bold spirit will now benefit all CSU students across the state.
— Fresno State (@Fresno_State) September 23, 2020
A true Californian, Castro was born in the San Joaquin Valley and earned degrees from UC Berkeley and a Ph.D. in higher education policy and leadership from Stanford University. He is the grandson of Mexican immigrants and the first in his family to graduate from a university. His experience mirrors that of many CSU students, where one-third of undergraduates are the first in their families to attend college. In fact, over half of bachelor’s degrees earned by Hispanic students in California come from CSU schools.
“The California State University provides unprecedented and transformational opportunities for students from all backgrounds to earn a high-quality college degree and to better their families, their communities and the industries in which they become leaders. There is no other institution that makes this great of an impact on the entire state. The CSU is key to a growing and thriving California,” Castro said.
Come Jan. 4, 2021, Castro will begin his appointment as chancellor in leading the United States’ largest system of four-year higher education.