Public Affairs, The California State University

Chancellor White Meets the Student Press

Chancellor White (second from the left) answers a question asked by CSU Long Beach student Kasia Hall, editor in chief of the Daily 49er.

Chancellor White (second from the left) answers a question asked by CSU Long Beach student Kasia Hall, editor in chief of the Daily 49er.

Student journalists throughout the state of California had the opportunity to interview California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White on Wednesday, Feb. 6.  The press conference, held at the CSU Chancellor’s Office, was simultaneously streamed to journalists who could not travel to Long Beach.  More than 35 participated either in-person or online.

The chancellor answered a broad set of questions, both about his personal background and the various policy issues facing the CSU.  Among the topics were the budget, online education, university quality and the quarter/semester academic term.  White also encouraged students to take advantage of existing resources to lower costs, like CSU Rent Digital.

As a CSU alumnus, with children who also attended Cal State campuses, White conveyed a deep commitment to his new role.  Among his chief responsibilities, White identified himself as a storyteller who will “help the public realize that what we do matters for everybody, not just the students.”

“The people that have paid for this amazing system over the years are Californians and we owe a lot to make sure we meet their needs,” said White who acknowledged both taxpayers and individuals that pay for the system through tuition.  “This is the California State University and we should never lose track of that.”