CSU Chancellor connects with the Seawolf community

October 28, 2021
Chancellor Joseph I. Castro speaks with a SSU student

CSU Chancellor Joseph I. Castro visited Sonoma State University on September 29 to connect with the Seawolf community and explore the one-of-a-kind beauty of our campus. It was also SSU Spirit Day and Sonoma State pride was on display. T-shirts, hats, sweaters all stamped with SSU branding filled the Student Center as Chancellor Castro spoke with students, learning more in each conversation about what makes being a Seawolf so special. The chancellor was treated to a campus tour to marvel at the university's landmarks, including the Wine Business Institute and the Green Music Center. And he ended the day at an all-campus open forum conducted by Provost Karen Moranski, during which he answered a range of questions on his plans and goals for the CSU, his personal journey to the role, and his impressions of Sonoma State.

During the forum's opening, he reflected on his time as president of Fresno State University, telling the audience that in the role of chancellor he often misses the energy and vibrancy of a college campus. He smiled, looking out at the room of SSU students, faculty, and staff, and noted that the day’s visit had brought him back to that time, boosting his spirit and reinforcing his passion for the work ahead. 

 "Today, being on this beautiful campus, meeting all of you . . . you filled my glass. Thank you," he said.

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