Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro will be recognized with the Distinguished Servant Leadership Award on July 14 for his contributions to the Executive Leadership Academy.

The academy, which prepares visionary higher education leaders from all backgrounds to guide their institutions in a multicultural and global environment, is sponsored by the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley.

The award will be presented by Carol Christ, interim executive vice chancellor and provost at UC Berkeley, at a reception at her home. The seventh Executive Leadership Academy takes place July 11 to 15 at the Hotel Shattuck in Berkeley.

The academy, founded and directed by Josefina Castillo Baltodano, promotes critical thinking skills, leadership and strategic planning for higher education. It prepares those interested in advancing to executive positions such as deans, provosts, chancellors, and presidents. Since 2010, 190 fellows have graduated from the program.

Castro will be honored for his support and involvement with the academy throughout its history. In addition to being a founding fellow, board member and event sponsor, Castro has advanced 13 fellows to the program.

Castro was appointed the eighth president of Fresno State in 2013. He previously served as vice chancellor for student academic affairs and professor of family and community medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Earlier in his career, he held faculty and administrative leadership positions at four other University of California campuses – Berkeley, Davis, Merced and Santa Barbara.

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