Fresno State president looks foward to the new year

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Castro applauded employees in his bi-annual address to faculty and staff reminding them to stay with his theme, "be bold," when it comes to boosting Fresno State's success. (KFSN)

Fresno State's president Dr. Joseph Castro spoke to staff Thursday with a message of growth and community.

Castro is looking ahead to the spring semester and touching on the university's goals. Castro applauded employees in his bi-annual address to faculty and staff reminding them to stay with his theme, "be bold," when it comes to boosting Fresno State's success.

He also talked to them about some of his priorities in his new 5-year strategic plan. "In my opinion, bold is an attitude that moves ideas opportunities and people," Castro said.

Castro praised the success of Discover-E, a tablet program that's dramatically cut down on textbook costs and improved technology on campus. He also talked about physically improvements to the university which include new construction projects and modernizing facilities.

Perhaps more importantly to his audience today, Castro stressed his goals of investing in expanding faculty members, helping students graduate and create an environment where the college has deep roots in the Central Valley community. "Fresno State has many community partnerships," Castro said. "And our connections will grow stronger with this strategic plan."

Castro's message left a good impression on many of his staff and faculty members. A lot of them told us they're happy with the president's plan to make the university a stronger institution.

"I've appreciated his leadership," said Mary Willis with the college said. "I find he's very committed to creating a highly collaborative environment."

Some staff say Castro's efforts are going a long way, adding that he often takes suggestions they make. "In every level with development, salary increases and he's in support of faculty which we really need that," councilor Gaby Encinas said. "And never forgetting the student voice and I really appreciate that.">

So while Castro works to make deeper connections with the Central Valley community he's also connecting with staff. Students arrive on campus for the spring semester on Tuesday.
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