UC San Francisco Leader Named New President Of Fresno State

Fresno State officially has a new president.

The California State University Board of Trustees on Wednesday named Joseph Castro, vice chancellor, student academic affairs of the University of California, San Francisco, as the next president of Fresno State.

Castro was among the finalists for the position to succeed retiring Fresno State president John Welty. Welty had been at Fresno State since 1991.

"It is incredibly humbling that the CSU Trustees have appointed me as the next president of Fresno State, and I truly appreciate this honor," Castro said in a news release. "Dr. Welty has been successful in leading Fresno State over the last 22 years. I look forward to working alongside the faculty, staff and students at the university and with alumni and friends throughout the Central Valley and beyond to build on this strong foundation and to guide Fresno State to new heights of success."

Castro is expected to begin by August 1.