Dr. Eduardo M. Ochoa, the U.S. assistant secretary for postsecondary education and a Fresno State economics lecturer in the 1980s, has been appointed interim president of California State University, Monterey Bay, effective July 16.

Ochoa is returning to the 23-campus CSU after serving since 2010 in the Obama administration as the secretary of education’s chief adviser on higher-education issues, administering more than 60 programs, and overseeing financial aid policy and accreditation.

Ochoa previously was the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Sonoma State University for seven years. He was succeeded at Sonoma State by Dr. Andrew Rogerson, who previously was dean of Fresno State’s College of Science and Mathematics.

Ochoa taught at Fresno State from 1981 to ’84.

Former Fresno State students, administrators and faculty have served as presidents a dozen other colleges and universities, including three who have led CSU campuses: Tomas Arciniega (Bakersfield), Alexander Gonzalez (Sacramento) and J. Michael Ortiz (Cal Poly, Pomona).

Other university presidents with Fresno State connections are David Lopez (National Hispanic University), William Flores (New Mexico State University), Steven M. Corey (Olivet College), Joseph Crowley (University of Nevada, Reno), Geoffrey Gamble (Montana State University), Judith Kuipers (Fielding Graduate Institute), Norval Pohl (University of North Texas), Robert Vartabedian (Missouri Western State University) and Timothy P. White (University of Idaho).

More information: http://www.calstate.edu/PA/News/2012/Release/Ochoa.shtml.