Public Affairs, The California State University

Chancellor White’s First 100 Days

Chancellor White

“I have been in office for well over 100 days now and…what I have learned so far is that this is an incredible university system: each campus is like an individual jewel with its own characteristics and personality.” — Chancellor Timothy P. White

Since Chancellor Timothy P. White began his service as the new CSU Chancellor six months ago, he has advocated for the CSU, reached out to diverse communities, visited 12 campuses and connected with students, faculty and staff on a personal level.

Chancellor WhiteThrough advocacy outreach, Chancellor White has made it a priority to share the importance of the state’s need to reinvest in public higher education. Since January, he has met with state and federal legislators to promote systemwide priorities and discuss key issues pertaining to the CSU. He also has attended industry-specific advocacy events to lobby support for education in areas critical to California’s economy, including hospitality. By forming relationships with the Legislative Black Caucus and Latino Legislative Caucus, he has rallied support for the CSU’s mission of increasing the number of underserved students who obtain a degree.

Having begun his pursuit of higher education at Diablo Valley Community College, and earning degrees from Fresno State, CSU East Bay and UC Berkeley, Chancellor White is a proud product of California’s public higher education system. By connecting with the community through events such as Super Sunday, student government leadership summits and California Community College conferences, Chancellor White has emphasized how higher education can set the foundation for success.

During his visits to CSU campuses, Chancellor White has engaged with students and reached out to faculty, staff and the local community. The Chancellor has participated in open forums and spoken to the media as a way for the campus community to learn more about him, as well as an opportunity for him to learn more about each individual campus.

Chancellor White at CSU Bakersfield In addition to visiting class sessions at Cal State East Bay and Cal State Dominguez Hills, Chancellor White marched with Humboldt State’s marching band and played sports with students from Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He had the opportunity to get integrated into the Associated Students’ culture at Sacramento State and San Diego State, see what life was like as a student veteran at CSU San Bernardino and pitched in during a sorority campus clean up at CSU Bakersfield. He comforted students during finals by passing out cookies as a “pick me up” at Cal State Fullerton and gave words of wisdom to students at CSU Channel Islands. He even rode into Chico State’s public forum on the Chico State Wildcat Cruiser in honor of the university’s 125th anniversary.

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