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Statement from CSU Chancellor Joseph I. Castro on the Pending Retirement of CSUMB President Eduardo M. Ochoa




​​​​The following statement can be attributed to California State University Chancellor Joseph I. Castro:

“Throughout his many years of service to the California State University (CSU) and in higher education, President Ochoa has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to improving opportunities for students from all backgrounds.

“During his time leading California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB), the campus has experienced unprecedented gains in four-year graduation rates for first-year students and two-year completion rates for transfer students. Those graduates go on to make an indelible impact on Monterey County and throughout California.

“As a champion for higher education and a policymaker at the national level President Ochoa brought a unique perspective that he shared with his fellow CSU presidents and me. Tens of thousands of students at CSUMB, and indeed millions of students throughout the CSU have benefitted from his broad experience and wise guidance.

“I congratulate President Ochoa on a long and distinguished career and thank him for his efforts on behalf of our students."

On October 18, 2021, CSUMB President Eduardo M. Ochoa announced that he will retire as campus president on June 30, 2022. Ochoa has led CSUMB since 2012, first serving as interim president before being appointed president in 2013. Ochoa has served in a variety of roles throughout the CSU including formerly serving as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Sonoma State University, dean of the College of Business Administration at Cal Poly Pomona and as a member of the faculty at both Fresno State and Cal State LA.

The CSU will soon launch a national search for Ochoa's successor. Under university policy, the chair of the CSU Board of Trustees, Lillian Kimbell, and Chancellor Castro will select a committee made up of campus and community stakeholders who will be publicly announced at a later date. Campus and community input will be sought in an open forum held on campus. 

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