It’s hard to imagine anyone with a personal history more intrinsically linked to California’s public higher education system than Chancellor Timothy P. White. Dr. White began what would become a lifetime in higher education at Diablo Valley College before earning his bachelor’s degree at Fresno State. He then earned a master’s at CSU East Bay and a doctorate in exercise physiology at the University of California, Berkeley.
Chancellor White is a former campus president for University of California, Riverside, University of Idaho and Oregon State University. He has led the CSU since 2012, achieving unprecedented heights for student success and an increase of $1.3 billion in annual state general fund appropriation. His unflagging commitment to a student body that grew to more than 480,000 during his tenure led White in 2015 to launch Graduation Initiative 2025, a university-wide effort to achieve ambitious graduation rates for all students and to close the equity gap between underserved students and their peers. In July 2018, the CSU achieved recognition for having 12 female campus presidents—more than 50 percent representation for women. This is in contrast to the average of 30 percent among U.S. colleges and universities. In 2019, he received the Leadership Champion Award from Leadership California and was named to Governor Newsom’s Council on Post-Secondary Education.
A clarity of vision, a persistent and heartfelt focus on student success, an emphasis on collaborative leadership. These attributes, paired with his ready sense of humor and tremendous warmth, will likely define Chancellor White’s legacy of leadership at the California State University.