Former athletic director Thomas Boeh shakes hands with Fresno State President Joseph Castro.

Fresno State President-Designate Joseph Castro to form transition team


Fresno State Director of Athletics Thomas Boeh greets President-Designate Joseph Castro at the Smittcamp Alumni House on Thursday, when the Castro and his wife, Mary, made their first official visit to the campus. Castro is forming a team to help with his transition as Fresno State’s new president. Ricardo Cano / The Collegian

Fresno State President-Designate Joseph Castro announced Friday he will create a transition team to help move into his role as president and the first six months he is in office.

Castro has asked California State University Trustees Peter Mehas and Hugo Morales, both of Fresno, to co-chair his team.

Mehas chaired the search committee that appointed Castro as successor to President John Welty.

Castro, currently a vice chancellor at UC San Francisco, said he expects to have the team assembled by mid-June.

“I will ask a small group of talented, experienced and diverse representatives from across Fresno State – students, faculty, staff and alumni – as well as business, government and community leaders from Central California and throughout California to help me make a smooth transition,” Castro said in a university release.

“I value input from all constituents as I begin this momentous journey,” he said.

Welty, who will retire this summer after serving for 22 years as the university’s president, will remain on the job until July 31 to help with the transition process, as well.

The CSU Board of Trustees appointed Castro as Fresno State’s new president on May 22.

Castro, a Hanford native, will return to the Valley after a 23-year academic and administration career in the University of California system – where he has held various leadership positions.

Castro and his wife, Mary, made their first official visit to the campus on Thursday.