Joseph I. Castro, Ph.D., M.P.P.
President, California State University, Fresno
Joseph I. Castro was appointed as the eighth president of California State University, Fresno on August 1, 2013, and granted a concurrent appointment as a tenured professor of Educational Research and Administration in the Kremen School of Education and Human Development.
Prior to his appointment at Fresno State, he served as Vice Chancellor, Student Academic Affairs at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) from 2006-13. During that time, he led an array of departments that served the academic needs of UCSF’s talented and diverse student body.
Dr. Castro served for two years as the Chairman of the UC system Council of Vice Chancellors of Student Affairs. He served as Professor of Family and Community Medicine in the UCSF School of Medicine, where he conducted research and taught courses on policy, leadership and diversity issues. For the past 23 years, Dr. Castro has served in a variety of faculty and administrative positions within the UC system at the Berkeley, Davis, Merced and Santa Barbara campuses, as well as at the Office of the President.
He received a B.A. in political science and M.P.P. in public policy from UC Berkeley and Ph.D. in higher education policy and leadership from Stanford University. Dr. Castro is 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 June 2010, he was featured by KGO Channel 7, San Francisco in its “Profiles in Excellence” series. In 2011, he was awarded the prestigious International Cooperation Dedication Award from the Beijing Municipal Education Commission. In January 2012, the UCSF Council of Minority Organizations gave Dr. Castro a special award to recognize his extraordinary contributions to advancing diversity at UCSF. Later in 2012, the UC Office of the President honored him with the “Power of 10 Award” for his leadership in developing a systemwide student health insurance plan.
Dr. Castro is the grandson of farmworkers from Mexico and members of the San Carlos Apache Tribe. He was born and raised in Hanford, CA and is the first person in his family to graduate from a university. He and his wife Mary have three children, Isaac, Lauren and Jess.