CSU Chancellor White to Retire at End of Academic Year

Yesterday morning news broke that CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White would be retiring at the end of the academic year in June 2020. White has served as Chancellor since 2013.

Responding to the news, CFA President Charles Toombs said, “On behalf of our 28,000 union members, I would like thank Chancellor White for his service, but what is most important now is the search for his replacement. The CSU needs a strong and committed advocate who will doggedly fight for the People’s University and the increasingly diverse students it serves.”  Read the full statement here.

Over the years our union has been at odds with the chancellor on a number of important fronts, notably when his approach to bargaining nearly led to an historic strike that would have shut down the entire CSU system. Faculty have also been disappointed by his reluctance to call for funding that the CSU system needs and his embracing of impaction polices and stronger admissions requirements, such as the proposed quantitative reasoning proposal, to address a crisis of access. 

White’s retirement also opens the door for what we hope will be a renewed and productive line of communication between our union and management, with our contract expiring on June 30, 2020. Echoing this sentiment, Toombs remarked in his statement, “…we hope the next chancellor will exhibit a willingness to understand our perspective and appreciate our value for the important teaching and mentoring we provide to thousands of students every day.”

We look forward to what we hope will be an open and transparent search process for the CSU’s next executive that includes real input from the faculty, staff, and students who truly understand what kind of leadership is needed to fulfill the CSU mission.