Yesterday, the California State University Board of Trustees appointed former UC Riverside Chancellor Timothy White as the leader of the CSU, the largest four-year public education system in the country.

White will replace retiring CSU Chancellor Charles Reed, who supported White’s appointment, by the end of the calendar year. The position involves working with the Board of Trustees to oversee the 23 campuses scattered around the state.

CSU officials said White will receive the same salary as his predecessor — $421,500 plus a $30,000 supplement from Cal State foundation sources — as opposed to the $327,228.96 he earned in 2011 as UCR Chancellor.

White held his position at UC Riverside for four years after serving as University of Idaho President from 2004 to 2008. He also gained administrative experience at Oregon State University, where he worked as executive vice president, provost and dean of the College of Health and Human Performance.

While at Riverside, White oversaw the accreditation of the new School of Medicine as well as the establishment of the School of Public Policy. During his time at the campus, UCR enrollment increased by about 21,000 students as the state’s budget crisis put pressure on the UC system to cut costs.

White also earned several educational honors — including the Riverside NAACP Education Award, the California Community Colleges Distinguished Alumni Award and the first Council of UC Staff Assemblies Outstanding Senior Leader Award — in his time at Riverside.

White attended Cal State Fresno and Cal State East Bay before moving on to UC Berkeley, where he taught as a professor in the Department of Human Biodynamics and later worked as the Department Chair. In addition, he served as Chair of the University of Michigan’s Department of Movement Science and worked as a research scientist at the campus’s Institute of Gerontology.

— Staff Report