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Three new presidents appointed across California State University system

Sonoma State, Chico State and Sacramento State universities will all see new presidents this year.

The CSU Board of Trustees announced Wednesday that Stephen Perez will serve as the new president of Chico State, J. Luke Wood will lead Sacramento State, and Ming-Tung “Mike” Lee has been appointed as the new president of Sonoma State.

Perez is currently Chico State’s interim provost and vice president of academic affairs. He’s replacing Gayle Hutchinson, who is retiring at the end of June. His presidency starts on July 1.

Perez’s annual salary will be $454,757 and he will receive an annual housing allowance of $50,000 and a $ 1,000-a-month auto allowance. Chico State doesn’t have an official home for university presidents.

Wood is currently vice president for student affairs and campus diversity and chief diversity officer at San Diego University. He is replacing Robert S. Nelsen, who is retiring on July 15. Wood will assume the presidency on July 16.

Wood’s annual salary will be $476,225. He will also receive an annual housing allowance of $60,000 and a $1,000-a-month auto allowance.

Lee has been interim president of Sonoma State since August. Previously he worked in multiple leadership positions at Sacramento State.