Dr. Joseph I. Castro

The California State University​

Dr. Joseph I. Castro will serve as the eighth chancellor to lead the California State University. He is the first Californian to be appointed president of California State University, Fresno. As the grandson of immigrants from Mexico and the son of a single mother, he was the first in his family to graduate from a university. 

Castro is a Professor of Educational Leadership and a gifted scholar in the fields of leadership and public policy who has mentored hundreds of other scholars and practitioners, including many university presidents and senior officers. 

Prior to his appointment as president of Fresno State in 2013, Castro worked in the University of California system for 23 years. He was Vice Chancellor of Student Academic Affairs and Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) from 2006-13. Earlier in his career, he held faculty and/or administrative leadership positions at four other University of California campuses—Berkeley, Davis, Merced and Santa Barbara. 

Castro’s leadership has been recognized by many different organizations. In 2019, on behalf of Fresno State, he received his fifth Excellence and Innovation Award from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities since the awards program began in 2013. In 2018, he was named CSU President of the Year by the California State Student Association and City of Fresno District 4 Man of the Year. In 2017, he received the Mayor of Fresno’s Community Partnership Award. In 2016, he received the Alumni Excellence in Education Award from the Stanford University Graduate School of Education and the Ohtli Award, which is the highest honor granted by the Government of Mexico to leaders in the United States.​