Chancellor's Message

In a year unlike any other, the unwavering support of our generous and forward-thinking donors has set records for fundraising across the California State University.

This is truly a remarkable achievement, especially considering the unique challenges we continue to face as a university, state and nation as we navigate a global public health crisis, social unrest and economic distress. But through it all, the CSU family continues to serve as a vital and essential wellspring of the powerful forces that hold our society together—and move us toward a brighter future.

As I begin my tenure as the CSU’s eighth chancellor, I proudly follow the remarkable example set by my predecessor Chancellor Timothy P. White, who recently retired after a long and distinguished career in public higher education. Benefiting from his steady leadership and extraordinary vision, our university attracts generous philanthropic contributions from a broad spectrum of benevolent donors who consistently step up for our students and our 23 campuses when their support is most needed.

Today, our faculty and staff provide transformative teaching and learning experiences, as well as holistic student support. Our students are reaching new heights of academic success. Our faculty and student researchers are discovering and refining solutions to some of the world’s most vexing challenges. Our alumni power California.

It is clear our university remains strong. And it is thanks in large part to our donors’ unrelenting support. Their record-setting generosity in 2019-2020 included more than $641 million in gift commitments and over $408 million in gift receipts. And I am proud to report that the systemwide endowment stands at an all-time high of $1.89 billion.

The stories that follow powerfully illustrate how the generosity of CSU alumni, parents and friends has opened doors for deserving students and supported their well-being, provided funding for cutting-edge research, driven advances in teaching and learning, inspired creative expression and helped create world-class facilities.

It is a lasting legacy of leadership, vision and generosity that will provide new opportunities for generations of CSU students—and we are forever grateful.

I offer all our donors— past, current and future—my deepest appreciation and heartfelt thanks.

Joseph I. Castro