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Interim President Named For South Coast University


An interim President has been selected for a South Coast university.

Richard Yao will lead Cal State Channel Islands starting in January.  He’s currently CSUCI’s Vice President for Student Affairs.  Yao will be the university’s third President.  It’s a milestone for the university, because he will be the first person of color to lead the Camarillo campus.

He will take over for current president Erika Beck, who was appointed as the new President of Cal State Northridge.

Yao is expected to serve as President until June 30th, 2022.  A national search is planned for next year to find a permanent Cal State Channel Islands President.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.