Long Beach, California – In an announcement made Thursday evening, a spokesperson for the California State University system said that the chancellor will step down effective immediately.
Joseph I. Castro told the Board of Trustees at California State University that he was going to step down as chancellor.
Chancellor Castro said, “I have been honored to serve the California State University for more than eight years, including as its eighth chancellor, and the decision to resign is the most difficult of my professional life. While I disagree with many aspects of recent media reports and the ensuing commentary, it has become clear to me that resigning at this time is necessary so that the CSU can maintain its focus squarely on its educational mission and the impactful work yet to be done.”
The board of trustees is preparing a strategy to permanently replace Castro. The executive vice chancellor and chief financial officer, Steve Relyea, will serve as acting chancellor until a permanent interim chancellor is appointed.
The Board of Trustees scheduled meetings for March 22 and 23.
Castro resigned amid criticism of his handling of sexual assault allegations against an administrator while he was president of Fresno State University.