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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Five of the California State University’s 23 campuses are getting new leaders, the system’s board of trustees announced Wednesday.

The round of appointments by the board included naming three presidents who have held the posts on an interim basis since last year at Cal State Stanislaus, Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State Dominguez Hills. Two of the positions were filled with administrators working at different campuses from the ones where they will hold the top jobs.

The schools getting fresh faces are two of the system’s biggest — Cal State Los Angeles, which enrolled nearly 22,000 students in the fall, and Cal State Fresno, which has a student body of nearly 23,000.

Joseph Castro, a vice chancellor at the University of California, San Francisco, was selected to lead Fresno State. Castro is a San Joaquin Valley native and as the first member of his family to attend college, earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from UC Berkeley and a doctorate in higher education policy and leadership from Stanford University.

He is expected to start work in August and will replace John Welty, who is retiring after having held the job since 1991.

William Covino, Fresno State’s vice president for academic affairs, was picked to run Cal State Los Angeles starting in September. He will succeed retiring president James Rosser, who held the post for 34 years.

Covino, an English scholar who has also worked at Cal State Stanislaus, San Diego State, Florida Atlantic University and the University of Illinois, said he was excited by the opportunity to lead a diverse campus that “truly reflects the changing face of California in the 21st century.”


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