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Timothy P. White - Chancellor, California State University - Diablo Valley College

Dr. Timothy P. White has been named by the California State University Board of Trustees as the next chancellor of the 23-campus California State University system, the largest four-year public higher education system in the country. He will succeed California State University Chancellor Charles B. Reed, who is retiring.

White has been the chancellor of the University of California, Riverside since 2008.

White started his educational career at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, Calif., and transferred to California State University, Fresno where he received his bachelor's degree. He earned a masters degree from California State University, East Bay and earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He spent two years as a post-doctoral scholar in physiology at the University of Michigan before starting his academic career in Ann Arbor, Mich. in 1978. He is internationally recognized for his research in muscle plasticity, injury and aging.

While at the University of California, Riverside, White saw the campus grow to more than 21,000 students for the first time in its history. He is also a professor of biology and biomedical sciences. Soon after his appointment, he formed a committee of several hundred faculty, staff and community members to forge an innovative strategic plan called UCR 2020. The plan is guiding the college's next stage of development as a top research institution. He also helped build the foundation of a University of California, Riverside School of Medicine by hiring the school’s first dean and obtaining start-up resources.

White came to the university in 2008 after serving as the University of Idaho's president from 2004–2008. Through his leadership, the University of Idaho established a vision and strategic direction to further the university's role as the state's land-grant and flagship research university.

White served as a dean, provost and executive vice president, with an interim appointment as president, at Oregon State University from 1996–2004. He previously held positions as professor and chair of the Department of Human Biodynamics at the University of California, Berkeley (1991–96), and as professor and chair of the Department of Movement Science and research scientist in the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Michigan.

White was born in Argentina. He and his parents immigrated to Canada and then to California when he was young. White is a first-generation college graduate. He is married to Karen White and has four sons.

While at the University of California, Riverside , White was given the Distinguished Alumni Award of the Community College League of California (2009), the inaugural Council of UC Staff Assemblies Presidents Award (2011), and the Riverside NAACP Education Award (2011).

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