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A South Coast university has formally named its first person of color as President

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Caroline Feraday
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KCLU
The presidential Investiture of Richard Yao was held at Cal State Channel Islands on Friday

The investiture was delayed by two years by the pandemic.

A Chumash welcome... and the national anthem - as Richard Yao was formally named as the President of Cal State Channel Islands.

"It's a ceremony that allows him to set his vision," Jolene Koester, Interim Chancellor of California State Universities, told KCLU.

"It's a ceremony that allows the community to come together and celebrate not just him, but most importantly this university and what it means to students and their families and this region," said Koester.

Yao’s investiture has been delayed by the pandemic, and Koester says it’s also a significant way for the University to mark their 20th anniversary.

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award this year, and also won two further first place awards, for Lifestyle Feature and Personality Profile/Interview. Last year, Caroline won first place for Use Of Sound. She also won two Golden Mike Awards this year, for Best News Reporting and Best Entertainment Reporting, as well as a National Arts & Entertainment Award from LA Press Club for One-on-One interview. Caroline started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and she was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007. She moved to Los Angeles in 2013 and is both an American and British citizen. Caroline lives in Agoura Hills with her daughter - her proudest production.