Dr. Timothy P. White

The California State University

Chancellor White

Dr. Timothy P. White is chancellor of the California State University, one of the largest and most diverse systems of higher education in the United States. As chancellor, White leads a university of 23 campuses and a global community of 481,000 students, 53,000 faculty and staff and more than 3.7 million alumni.

As the seventh chancellor to lead the CSU, White is a champion of inclusive excellence and student achievement. He is a proponent of bringing individualized education to scale through the expansion of proven best practices.

White also leads the CSU as it implements Graduation Initiative 2025, an ambitious systemwide plan to increase graduation rates, decrease time to degree and eliminate achievement gaps for all students by recruiting more faculty, hiring more advisors and student-support staff, providing new tools and adding thousands of classes over the next decade.

As the CSU's signature effort, Graduation Initiative 2025 combines best practices and proven methods in academic advising, course redesign and data-driven analyses from across the university and elsewhere to better assist students along their unique personal, academic and career trajectories. These efforts are already paying dividends to CSU students and to California, with degree completion rates at all-time highs.

In conjunction with Graduation Initiative 2025, White has worked to strengthen partnerships throughout California's diverse educational, social, political and economic landscape. White has worked with community colleges, school districts and municipal governments to establish Promise programs across the state, which build new and stronger pipelines for students to attend and succeed in college. He has also worked with partners in the legislature and community colleges to expand the successful Associate Degrees for Transfer program, which allows more qualified Californians a seamless educational path from K-12 to college, a CSU degree and beyond.

Under White's leadership, the CSU stands as a national leader in environmental sustainability and diversity of leadership. White is a committed advocate for compassionate action on behalf of Dreamers, and for providing those with DACA status a clear path to complete their education and build their future. He spearheaded efforts to ensure and increase awareness of federal Title IX rights, sexual assault and alcohol abuse on campus. White has also worked with CSU partners across the state – including students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends – to ensure increased public investment in the university and its consequential, wide-reaching academic mission.

Prior to becoming CSU chancellor in 2013, White served as chancellor and professor of biology and biomedical sciences at the University of California, Riverside. White came to UC Riverside in 2008 after serving as president of the University of Idaho from 2004 to 2008 and as dean, provost, executive vice president and interim president at Oregon State University from 1996 to 2004.

White is internationally recognized for his research in muscle plasticity, injury and aging. He previously held positions as professor and chair of the Department of Human Biodynamics at the University of California, Berkeley, as professor and chair of the Department of Movement Science, and research scientist in the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Michigan.

White deeply believes in and is a product of California's Master Plan for Higher Education, having pursued his higher education from Diablo Valley Community College, Fresno State, California State University, East Bay and the University of California, Berkeley. Like many CSU students and alumni, White was the first in his family to attend college and earn a degree.

White was born in Argentina. He and his parents immigrated to Canada and then to California when he was young. He is married to Dr. Karen White and has four sons.​​