Fresno State's salary for new President Joseph Castro: $299,000

The Fresno BeeJuly 10, 2013 

Incoming Fresno State President Joseph Castro will be paid an annual salary of $299,000 -- the same amount as departing President John Welty -- pending approval by the California State University Board of Trustees.

That's a boost from the $235,000 salary Castro got as vice chancellor of student academic affairs at the University of California at San Francisco.

The terms of Castro's salary and some benefits are spelled out in a May 21 employment offer from CSU Chancellor Timothy White. The trustees are expected to approve his salary later this month.

Castro also will get a monthly car allowance of $1,000 and hold the rank of full academic professor with tenure in Fresno State's Kremen School of Education and Human Development.

Castro could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.

Other terms of his employment:


  • A requirement to live in Fresno State's University House on Van Ness Boulevard.
  • Full coverage of all moving expenses.
  • Castro's wife, Mary Castro, will be designated as a university volunteer and can use state funds to travel for university-related purposes.

Like all CSU presidents, Castro will be an at-will employee without a contract, which CSU spokesman Michael Uhlenkamp said has been standard for at least 15 years.

His salary is equal to what Welty was paid this past year, which is on par with CSU's compensation policy.

Uhlenkamp said newly hired presidents can be offered more money than their predecessors if they're a highly competitive candidate, but any extra compensation would have to come from the university's foundation. Offering a higher starting salary is rare -- only five of CSU's 23 sitting presidents got larger base pay, Uhlenkamp said.

CSU's governing board plans to take up the salary recommendation for Castro on July 23.

The board will also take action on salary offers for five other incoming CSU system presidents, including Fresno State Provost William Covino, who becomes president of Cal State Los Angeles on Sept. 1. Terms of those offers will be released Friday, along with the agenda for the board's upcoming meeting.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6412, or @hannahfurfaro on Twitter.

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