For 14 years Charles Reed, Chancellor of the California State University California has presided over the CSU’s 23 campuses that educate about half of the college graduates in the state of California and most of its teachers. Reed, who is 70, announced Thursday that he is retiring.
As Chancellor of the CSU system, Dr. Reed witnessed an era of unprecedented budget cuts, tuition increases and soaring enrollment. In the last four years alone, the state has cut more than $1 billion from CSU's budget, while trustees have doubled tuition and fees to $7,017.
Many students groups and faculty expressed anger at Reed for the cuts and tuition hikes but some of his closest colleagues have seen him navigate in an era of austerity and applauded the chancellor on Thursday. "California owes a deep debt of gratitude to Chancellor Reed," Mark Yudof, president of the University of California, said in a statement.
What would you like to ask Chancellor Reed about his time heading the CSU?
Charles Reed, EdD., Chancellor of the Cal State University system