By Alejandra Arana |Copy Editor|
Timothy P. White will become the California State University system’s seventh chancellor after current chancellor Charles Reed retires at the end of the year.
The announcement was made Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 during a closed meeting in the chancellor’s office in Long Beach, according to the California Faculty Association website.
White is currently the chancellor of UC Riverside and has been there since 2008.
‘‘It’s a very important day in my life personally. It’s a day when I double down on my commitment to the state of California,” said White in a press conference. “It’s a nice chance for me to give back to this great state,” continued White.
The CSU system is the largest system of higher education in the United States, with a total of 23 campuses all over California.
The campuses will be under White’s supervision starting late December.
White will keep Reed’s salary of $421,500 annually plus a $30,000 supplement from CSU Foundation sources, as well as the standard benefits package for CSU employees, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
White was originally born in Argentina.
He moved to California at a very young age and was the first to attend college in his family, receiving his baccalaureate at Fresno State University, his Master’s at Cal State East Bay and his doctorate at UC Berkeley.
“Tim has experienced firsthand the powerful impact of higher education, and has the leadership qualities to guide the system through these fiscally challenging times,” said CSU trustee Bill Hauck.
California Faculty Association (CFA) President Lillian Taiz commented on the CFA website that they are eager to work with the new chancellor.