Dr. Timothy P. White

The California State University

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Timothy P. White is chancellor of the California State University system, the largest four-year system of higher education in the United States. As chancellor, he oversees 23 campuses, nearly 474,000 students, and 49,000 faculty and staff. The CSU, which spans the entire state of California, has an annual budget of more than $5 billion. It is one of the most diverse and most affordable university systems in the country.

The California State University currently offers approximately 1,233 bachelor's degree programs, 783 master's programs, and 29 joint doctoral programs in 319 areas. The CSU prepares the majority of the state's new public school teachers and 10 percent of the nation's K-12 instructors. Each year, nearly as many people graduate with bachelor's degrees from the CSU as from all other universities and colleges in the state combined.

White is the seventh chancellor to serve as head of the CSU system. Previously, he served as chancellor of the University of California, Riverside, and as a professor of biology and biomedical sciences there. Under his leadership, the campus formed an innovative strategic plan, UCR 2020, and the campus also grew to more than 21,000 students for the first time in its history. White also implemented the foundation of a UCR School of Medicine by hiring the school's first dean and obtaining start-up resources.

White came to UC Riverside in 2008 after serving as the University of Idaho's president from 2004-2008. Through his leadership, the University of Idaho established a vision and strategic direction to further the University's role as the state's land-grant and flagship research university.

White served Oregon State University from 1996-2004 as a dean, the provost and executive vice president, and with an interim appointment as president. He previously held positions as professor and chair of the Department of Human Biodynamics at the University of California, Berkeley (1991-96), and as professor and chair of the Department of Movement Science and research scientist in the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Michigan.

White is a product of California’s Master Plan, having pursued his higher education from Diablo Valley Community College, Fresno State, California State University East Bay (nee Hayward), and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He spent two years as a post-doctoral scholar in physiology at the University of Michigan before starting his academic career at Ann Arbor in 1978. He is internationally recognized for his research in muscle plasticity, injury and aging.

White was born in Argentina. He and his parents immigrated to Canada and then to California when he was young. White is a first-generation college graduate. He is married to Karen White and has four sons.