Timothy P. White, the current chancellor of the University of California, Riverside, has been named the next chancellor of the 23-campus California State University system.
“I am humbled to have been chosen to lead the California State University system at such a transformative time," said White. "As Chancellor, I look forward to engaging with faculty, students, staff, campus presidents and CSU trustees, along with the communities we serve, as we advance this vital system of higher education for California's future."
White has led UC Riverside since 2008. There, he led the campus’s growth, while developing a 10-year strategic plan in partnership with faculty, staff, students, and the community. White also secured $100 million in gifts to establish a School of Medicine, and recently announced a new School of Public Policy.
White previously served as president of the University of Ohio from 2004 to 2008. Before that, he was a dean, provost and executive vice president, and interim president at Oregon State University. He previously held positions as professor and chair of the Department of Human Biodynamics at the University of California, Berkeley, and as professor and chair of the Department of Movement Science and research scientist in the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Michigan.
White is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was a first-generation college student, earning an associate’s degree from Diablo Valley Community College, a bachelor's from Fresno State, a master's degree from Cal State Hayward (East Bay), and a Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. White also spent two years as a post-doctoral scholar in physiology at the University of Michigan; today, he is internationally recognized for his work in the field, particularly with respect to muscle plasticity, injury and aging.
“We welcome the new chancellor to the California State University and look forward to a new and constructive era for public higher education in our state,” said California Faculty Association President Lillian Taiz, a history professor at Cal State Los Angeles. “Given Dr. White’s background in public higher education, we are hopeful that he will understand the needs of the CSU and will establish a goal of unifying everyone behind our critical educational mission, particularly during these difficult times.”
White will replace current chancellor Charles Reed, who announced in May he would retire after a replacement was named. Reed has led the CSU for 14 years.
White is expected to begin as CSU Chancellor in December. He will earn the same salary as Reed, $421,500 annually plus a $30,000 supplement from the CSU Foundation and the standard CSU Benefit Package.