‘You’ll be seeing me again,’ Joseph Castro tells local leaders
The first Valley-born president of California State University, Fresno, was well-received by dozens of Madera-area education, business, and law-enforcement leaders earlier this week as he affirmed his commitment to local student success during a meet-and-greet event.
Joseph Castro — who holds a doctorate in higher education policy and leadership — was appointed the university’s eighth president in May following the retirement of John Welty after 22 years in the position.
Born in Hanford, Castro is both the first Latino and first California native to hold the university’s top spot. That fact excited many educational leaders in attendance during Thursday’s two-hour function at the Madera County Office of Education Convention Center.
“I think he’s already brought in a vision for the Valley that’s going to be warmly welcomed by families, students, and professionals here,” said Ed Gonzalez, superintendent of the Madera Unified School District. “Being from the area I feel he is uniquely positioned to understand what needs to be done for us here in Madera as well as the Valley as a whole.”...