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CSU names Joseph Castro as the Next Chancellor


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Joseph I. Castro, former president of Fresno State, has been chosen to be the eighth chancellor for California State universities beginning in January 2021, replacing outgoing Timothy P. White, who is retiring after holding the position since 2012.


Why it matters:

Castro is the first Mexican-American to hold the position and he will be joining recently appointed University of California President Michael Drake, who is African-American, and California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley, who is also Latino.

  • CSU’s 480,000 students, 43% of whom are Latino, and nearly half of whom come from low-income families, per SF Chronicle.

  • Castro will be paid $625,000 a year, plus a monthly stipend of $7,917 for housing and $1,000 for car costs.

  • The state pays additional pension and health benefits, $112,246 for each executive.

  • The CSU is the nation’s largest university system with 23 campuses