California State University trustees named new leaders for five of the system's 23 campuses today, setting off a game of musical chairs in California's higher education landscape.
Two of the appointments are for new presidents, while three of them give permanent positions to men who had served as interim campus presidents. Their compensation packages will be made public in July, said CSU spokesman Michael Uhlenkamp.
The new presidents are:
William A. Covino, provost and vice president of Fresno State, who becomes the new president of Cal State Los Angeles.
Joseph I. Castro, a vice chancellor at the University of California, San Francisco, who becomes the new president of Fresno State.
The presidents advancing from "interim" to "permanent" are:
Joseph F. Sheley, who leaves his post as executive vice president of Sacramento State to become permanent president of Stanislaus State.
Eduardo M. Ochoa, a former vice president at Sonoma State who served two years in the Obama administration, becomes the permanent president of CSU Monterey Bay.
Willie J. Hagan, a former CSU Fullerton administrator, becomes the permanent president of CSU Dominguez Hills.
The university touted the new presidents' long-standing connections to the CSU system, an apparent nod to earlier criticism by Gov. Jerry Brown that the university didn't do enough promoting from within.
The issue came to the fore two years ago, when trustees hired Elliot Hirshman from the University of Maryland to head San Diego State - and offered him a salary $100,000 higher than the outgoing campus president. Brown began advocating that the university should look within its own ranks for new leadership, rather than importing high-priced executives from out of state.
PHOTO CREDIT: Outgoing Fresno State University President John Welty waves good bye to graduates in the Save Mart Center Saturday, May 18, 2013 in Fresno, Calif. Gary Kazanjian/The Fresno Bee