Selection Committee Member
President, California State University, Fresno
Joseph I. Castro was appointed as the eighth president of California State University, Fresno on August 1, 2013. He is the first Central Valley native to serve in this leadership position. Dr. Castro also serves as 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 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. Over a 23-year period, Dr. Castro 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 University of California, Berkeley and Ph.D. in higher education policy and leadership from Stanford University.