The California State University Board of Trustees named Timothy P. White as the new chancellor of the 23-campus CSU system at a closed meeting in Long Beach yesterday. White will serve as the seventh chancellor to lead the university system.
White, who is chancellor of the University of California, Riverside, will succeed Chancellor Charles B. Reed, who announced his retirement in May after a 14-year tenure with the system.
“Tim White’s background and experience reflect the institutional values and mission of the CSU,” said CSU Board Chair Bob Linscheid in a statement. “His demonstrated leadership and commitment to student success are the right combination for the university’s future.”
White began his career at UC Riverside in 2008 as the university’s eighth chancellor, and helped grow its student population to nearly 21,000 — a record since the school opened in 1954.
“I am humbled to have been chosen to lead the California State University system at such a transformative time,” White said in a statement. “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.”
At UCR, White formed a committee of faculty, staff, students and community stakeholders to develop a 10-year strategic plan for the university’s next stage of development. He also established the School of Medicine by hiring its dean and receiving $100 million in gifts and monetary funds for the first years of its operation.
In addition, he recently announced the opening of the UCR School of Public Policy.
White was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and immigrated to Northern California, where he was a first-generation college student. He began his academic career at Diablo Valley Community College, and he earned a bachelor's degree from Fresno State University, a master’s degree from California State University, Hayward, and a Ph.D. at University of California, Berkeley. He also spent two years as a post-doctoral scholar in physiology at the University of Michigan, before starting his career in Ann Arbor.
Before his work at UCR, White was the president of the University of Idaho from 2004 to 2008, where he established a strategic direction to further the university's role as the state’s land-grant and flagship research university. In his career, he also served as a dean, provost and executive vice president and interim president at Oregon State University.
He is expected to start in his new position at the end of December, with an annual salary at the same level as Reed at $421,500 plus a $30,000 supplement from CSU Foundation sources, as well as the standard benefits package, according to CSU officials.