Richard YaoJan. 26, 2022

The California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees has appointed Richard Yao, Ph.D., to serve as the fourth president of California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI). 

“This is such an exciting time at CSUCI, especially as we approach our 20th year. Our university is primed for growth as we continue to increase graduation rates and confer more high-quality degrees that enrich the lives of the residents and the communities throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. I am so thankful for the dedication and expertise of our faculty and staff, who are continually striving to improve the success of our talented students. I look forward to working collaboratively with our faculty, staff, students, and community partners in leading CSUCI into our third decade.”

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CSUCI Presidential Search Committee

Joseph I. CastroChancellor, California State University
Lillian KimbellChair, Board of Trustees
Wenda FongVice Chair, Board of Trustees and Chair, Search Committee
Larry L. AdamsonTrustee
Diego ArambulaTrustee
Jack B. Clarke, Jr.Trustee
Lynnette ZeleznyCSU Bakersfield, CSU President Representative
Nichole IpachVice President for University Advancement, Administration Representative
Gregory G. WoodChair, Academic Senate
Jacob JenkinsFaculty Representative
Ekin PehlivanFaculty Representative
Renee FuentesStaff Representative
Sergio Gutierrez Mercado IIIStudent Representative
Aurora RugerioStudent Representative
Atticus Ford ReyesAlumni Representative
Jeff GreenUniversity Advisory Board Representative
Irene PinkardCommunity Representative
David M. RodriguezCommunity Representative
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