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Ashley Swearengin took on a tough job when she became Fresno mayor. With the real-estate bubble bursting, municipal revenues plummeting and bond debt piled high, she has been forced to make deep and painful cuts in City Hall services and personnel.
Joseph Isaac Castro appears to be exactly what Fresno State needs in a president. He has the academic pedigree, life experiences and, at 46, the youthful optimism and energy to build upon the successes of outgoing president John D. Welty.