The Investiture of Joseph I. Castro
as the Eighth President of
California State University, Fresno
Saturday, May 10, 2014
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Two thousand and fourteen
President Joseph I. Castro
The California State University Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Joseph I. Castro as the eighth president of Fresno State, effective August 1, 2013.
Dr. Castro was the Vice Chancellor for Student Academic Affairs at the University of California, San Francisco before joining Fresno State. In that capacity he was responsible for the leadership of a broad range of departments focused on enriching the educational experience of UC San Francisco’s talented and diverse student body. He also held the position of adjunct professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine in the School of Medicine at UCSF.
Prior to his appointment as Vice Chancellor, he held several leadership positions at University of California campuses. He served as Vice Provost (2008-10), Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Academic Affairs (2006-08) and as interim Graduate Dean at UCSF from October 2011 to March 2012.
He was the recipient of the 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Award at UCSF and the 2010 University of California Student Association’s Administrator of the Year Award. In January 2012 he was recognized by the UCSF Council of Minority Organizations for his extraordinary contributions to advancing diversity at the university. In 2014, the UC Berkeley Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy named him Alumnus of the Year.
During his 23-year career, Dr. Castro also served in leadership positions within the UC system at the Berkeley, Davis, Merced and Santa Barbara campuses and at the Office of the President.
Dr. Castro earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science and master's degree in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley and a doctorate in Higher Education Policy and Leadership from Stanford University.
A native of Hanford, Calif., Dr. Castro is the first member of his family to graduate from a university. He and his wife Mary, who is also a Valley native, have three children, Isaac, Lauren and Jess.