Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro named two experienced managers to interim appointments in administrative and financial positions.
Effective today, Deborah Adishian-Astone, associate vice president for auxiliary operations and enterprise development, will take on additional duties as interim Vice President for Administration. Clinton G. Moffitt, associate vice president for financial services, will become interim Chief Financial Officer. Both will serve on the President’s Cabinet.
The appointments will begin a transition to replace Vice President and CFO Cynthia Teniente-Matson, who leaves the university next month after 10 years to become president of Texas A & M – San Antonio.
Adishian-Astone currently oversees Auxiliary Services, which supports five University auxiliary organizations including the Agricultural Foundation of California State University, Fresno; Associated Students, Inc.; California State University, Association, Inc.; Fresno State Programs for Children, Inc.; and the Fresno State Foundation. She joined the staff in 1988 as an assistant facilities planner, advanced to facilities planner, director of facilities planning and executive director of Auxiliary Services before her current position.
A Fresno State alumna, Adishian-Astone earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis on marketing and management and a master’s in business administration. She completed the Management Development Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Financial Services, headed by Moffitt, is composed of four departments: Accounting Services, Procurement and Support Services, and the University Budget Office. He joined the Fresno State administration in June 2007 after working for 19 years at Utah State University.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Utah State University and is a certified public accountant.
Castro said searches to fill the two positions on a permanent basis will be undertaken next year.
Matson is the second Fresno State vice president to move into a university presidency in the last 15 months. In September 2013, William Covino, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, became president of California State University, Los Angeles.
Matson joined the Fresno State administration in March 2004 and has been a leader in executing many initiatives such as the Madden Library revitalization and fundraising, the Campus Master Plan, partnerships with other government agencies and several process improvement initiatives.