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Castro digs in on provost search, wrestling

I got a chance to sit down for breakfast at a local Mexican diner with Fresno State President Joseph Castro this week to talk about his first 100 days on the job and some of the initiatives he’s pushing this year.

Over a cup of coffee and his favorite breakfast — eggs and napales, just like what his grandma used to make — he shared some of his goals including hiring a new provost next spring and adding 800 student seats next fall.

Check out Sunday’s edition for more details about increasing enrollment. But for now, here are some tidbits from our conversation that didn’t make it into print:

  • On the provost search: “I’m looking for someone who has strong academic experiences, who can work well with faculty, who understands that lifestyle, has done research themselves, who has participated in education and is someone who has been a department chair, or a dean or had leadership on the administrative side as well.”
  • On bringing back wrestling: “I’ve received a lot of emails, a few phone calls, a lot of Twitter messages … people around the nation saying it’s great Fresno State is thinking about this. I love the enthusiasm, that’s great … my hope is they will join me in supporting it. Fresno State will need to invest in this area because when you add a sport for one gender you’ll need to add a sport or two for women and that’s a great thing for everybody.”
  • On faculty salaries: “I think we have a ways to go in that area and my hope is over time that increases in future years … One of the things I’m trying to do is invest in them in different ways beyond salary increases. Invest in their professional development, whether that means supporting them to travel to present their work or go to a conference and learn more about their field, or for faculty who might eventually want to be department chairs or deans, (go to) leadership development programs.”

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