Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro was selected to the governing board of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) for a three-year term, effective Oct. 5.

Established in 1986 with a founding membership of 18 institutions, HACU is the only national educational association that represents Hispanic-Serving Institutions. Today, HACU represents more than 450 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the United States, Puerto Rico, Latin America and Spain.

Fresno State is designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education.

“I am honored to be a part of such an instrumental organization that shares Fresno State’s vision to provide Hispanic students with a pathway for success,” Castro said. “I am 100 percent committed to HACU’s vision for the future.”

Castro was one of two new members announced to the 19-person governing board, along with Palo Alto College President Mike Flores.

“We are equally pleased to welcome to HACU’s governing board, Joseph Castro and Mike Flores, two CEOs of Hispanic-Serving Institutions who have been actively involved with HACU,” said HACU president and CEO Antonio R. Flores. “Their insights will be invaluable to HACU’s governing board.”

On Oct. 20 in Washington, D.C., Castro was also elected to serve as chair of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Hispanic/Latino Presidents group.

It was announced in June that Castro will serve as the new co-chair for the USDA-HACU Leadership Group. He will share chair duties with Dr. Catherine Woteki, USDA secretary for research, education and economics. The national group includes USDA and Hispanic-Serving Institution leaders.

(Copy by Ashlie Day, University Communications news assistant.)

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