Search for new Fresno State president wrapping up

FRESNO, Calif.

The California State University Board of Trustees are meeting in Southern California this week to take one last look at the candidates before choosing a replacement for President John Welty.

Up until this point the process has been closed to the public.

In February a six-member California State University Trustee Search Committee and its 13 member advisory committee held one public meeting where candidates were not presented.

CSU trustee and chairman of the search committee Pete Mehas told Action News keeping the selection process closed allows for a bigger pool of candidates.

"If you're an existing president at a prominent university, and you want to apply to this position, you can't apply because if you don't get it, how welcome are you back to your campus? To your board, to your donors?" Mehas said.

Mehas says there's been a tremendous amount of interest in the position.

He wouldn't give me an exact number of applicants, but said more than 60 resumes were submitted.

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