Remarks by Timothy P. White
Chancellor, California State UniversityCSU Entertainment Alliance – Advisory Council Meeting January 29, 2018
Thank you all for coming… and thank you for your dedication to the students of the California State University.
I especially want to thank Robert Ramirez and Netflix for hosting us today…
Not many people know this, but I’m on Netflix… from my starring role on an episode of the hit TV show,
Now, I don’t know how far you’ll need to scroll down the Netflix app… but you can find my episode under the category,
University Chancellors with Bad Fake Mustaches.
At the last CSU Entertainment Alliance meeting I attended, I jotted down my own
Letterman-style Top 10 list of goals and foci... with a few opportunities that I found interesting.
I’m told that this list – in my handwriting, I must add – was blown up and printed out by CSUEA staff as a sort of North Star for moving forward.
First of all, I’m flattered. If only the rest of my staff would treat my notes and scribbles with the same level of care and consideration.
Well done, Dina, Simone, Haley and Michael.
Anyways, I have that
Top 10 list in front of me here… and without going through it point by point, I want to commend all of you for your work to help us find Polaris and guide us forward.
I want to especially thank:
The important takeaway is that because of you and your colleagues in the industry and on campus, the CSUEA is moving from discussion to action… breaking down siloes within our university… and between education and entertainment.
And because of your work and that of your industry and campus colleagues, we’re building pathways for CSU students to excel in their studies, graduate with a degree and enter an industry that they –
like you – are so passionate about.
Indeed, many in the CSU entertainment family were recognized this past year.
Last week, I gave my annual
State of the CSU address at our Board of Trustees meeting.
The headlines from the Graduation Initiative 2025 Symposium last October were encouraging.
So why are rates for entertainment and creative arts graduates higher than the CSU average?
I am happy to share that gift commitments to the CSU reached over $500 million in 2016–2017, a record for our university. Thank you to our friends in the entertainment and creative arts fields for their contributions.
My deepest thanks for all that you and your colleagues have done and will do to further the mission of the CSU Entertainment Alliance and the California State University.
Your guidance and leadership have been monumental… and I look forward to building upon our shared success in years to come.