Real Leadership: Dr. Timothy P. White
This year Chancellor Timothy White will conclude eight years as Chancellor of the California State University system, capping a remarkable career of service and leadership, and WSCUC wants to both honor and learn from him. A first-generation Californian and product of a California community college, two campuses of the California State University, and UC Berkeley, his academic life has encompassed roles as a faculty member, administrator, and senior leader at five institutions. Chancellor White exemplifies the conference theme: the dynamic leadership to envision real change for our students and the tenacity and focus to accomplish it. He will draw from the CSU Graduation Initiative 2025 and other strategies to help us understand what’s behind the scenes as change efforts are envisioned and unfold, and what shapes their success.
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. He 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. He 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.
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.
Born in Argentina to parents who immigrated to Canada and then to California when he was young, 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.