Longtime UCSC historian named provost of UCSC's Oakes College

Pedro Castillo, a longtime professor at UC Santa Cruz, has been named provost of the campus's Oakes College. His three-year appointment, which takes effect July 1, was announced today by Lynda Goff, vice provost and dean of undergraduate education at UCSC. Castillo succeeds David Anthony, who has served as provost since 1996.

Castillo has been a professor of history at UCSC for more than 25 years. As provost, he will oversee all academic activities of Oakes. Castillo was recommended for the position by a search committee with Oakes faculty, staff, and student representation.

In addition to his UCSC responsibilities, Castillo is very active in the Santa Cruz/Watsonville community, currently serving on the boards of the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County and the National Steinbeck Center. He was also appointed by President Clinton in 1999 to the National Council on the Humanities, the advisory board of the National Endowment for the Humanities; he continues to serve on the council.