Cal State LA gets new president as CSU fills 5 openings

William Covino

Cary Edmondson

The California State University Board of Trustees Wednesday appointed William A. Covino as President of California State University, Los Angeles. Covino was one of five new presidents appointed by the CSU trustees.

Five of the California State University's 23 campuses are getting new leaders, including California State University, Los Angeles. 

The university's Board of Trustees announced Wednesday that it had approved a round of presidential appointments. Three of the positions were filled by administrators who have held the posts on an interim basis since last year, while two went to officials working at different campuses from the ones where they will hold the top jobs.

The schools getting fresh faces are two of the system's biggest - Cal State Los Angeles, which enrolled nearly 22,000 students in the fall, and Cal State Fresno, which has nearly 23,000.

Dr. William Covino, Fresno State's vice-president for academic affairs, was picked to run Cal State L.A.

"I am honored to join a university as outstanding as Cal State L.A. and look forward to engaging with students, faculty, alumni and the community to build on its strengths and create opportunities for the future,” said Covino in a news release. “The university is uniquely positioned in a global center for the arts, technology and the economy and it boasts a student population as diverse as the city it serves. Cal State L.A. truly reflects the changing face of California in the 21st century.”

Covino succeeds retiring President James M. Rosser, who has been the president of Cal State L.A. since 1979.

A vice chancellor at UC San Francisco, Joseph Castro, was selected to lead Fresno State.

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