After four years as head of U.C. Riverside, Timothy White is leaving that job to become chancellor of the massive California State University system. Cal State made the announcement Thursday after it completed final interviews earlier this week.
White becomes the seventh chancellor of the Cal State system. He’ll take over the nation’s largest university system amid major budget cuts, tuition increases, and reductions in courses and enrollment that have affected the system’s 427,000 students.
“I actually feel very humbled, very honored, very grateful but also very prepared in order to go forward,” White said in a conference call announcing his appointment.
Exiting Cal State chancellor Charles Reed praised White’s selection. “I am really pleased and proud that the board has selected somebody that really understands the California State University mission,” Reed said.
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A sky view of Cal State Fullerton. Cal State trustees announced a list of institutional stake-holders who will participate in the final chancellor interviews next week.
California State University trustees are trying something new as they approach the final stage of hiring a new university chancellor.
On Tuesday, trustees announced a list of institutional stake-holders who will participate in the final candidate interviews next week.
The group includes Cal State Fullerton President Mildred Garcia and Cal State L.A. President Jim Rosser, CSU professors Diana Guerin and James Postma, former trustee Herb Carter, Cal State San Bernardino student David Allison, alumnus Guy Heson and CSU Long Beach staffer Vonetta Augustine.
Cal State spokeswoman Claudia Keith said the university received dozens of online suggestions for the hiring of a new chancellor. “This was in response to some of those requests for additional folks to be in an advisory capacity to our board as they make their decision,” she said.
The California Faculty Association bashed the chancellor hiring process, saying it was shutting out external input in the chancellor selection process. Spokeswoman Keith said the creation of the external advisory group was not a response to the association’s criticism. Keith wouldn’t say how many people are finalists to run the 427,000-student university system.