CFA congratulates Dr. Joseph I. Castro on his momentous selection as the next chancellor of the CSU.

CFA member leaders have worked with Castro collaboratively over the years during his time as Fresno State president. Also, we look forward to the perspective and enthusiasm he brings as the first person of color, the first Mexican-American, and the first Californian to head the CSU.

“We are hopeful the chancellor-select spends his time working for students who are similar to the ones he grew up with in terms of ethnicity and racial and economic struggle,” CFA President Charles Toombs said. “Having a home-grown talent as chancellor will no doubt bring value to the People’s University. And we think the lens he brings to leading the CSU will make our system even more intentionally inclusive of the diverse and talented voices of students, faculty, and staff.”

CFA thanks outgoing Chancellor Timothy P. White for his years of service to the CSU, and hopes for a joyous retirement with his family. White remains as chancellor until the end of December.

Though CSU Trustees made a historic pick, CFA is dismayed at the exorbitant salary and compensation package they approved.  The $625,000 in salary and additional $107,000 in housing and car allowances per year is more than what the U.S. president and California governor earn annually, combined.

The Trustees’ decision is irresponsible as California faces an economic downturn, and the CSU confronts COVID-19-related cuts in state funding by laying off staff and reducing lecturer and coaching jobs.

As Chancellor-select Castro settles in, CFA is on hand to lend our support in delivering a CSU that reflects the talents, diversity, and experiences of California.  We hope to collaborate with him on our Anti-Racism and Social Justice work to transform the CSU.  As we forge this partnership, CFA is watching closely to ensure the chancellor-select’s actions match his promising words.


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