California Faculty Association Statement on Retirement of CSU Chancellor

SACRAMENTO — The California Faculty Association (CFA) issued the statement below on behalf of Charles Toombs – CFA President and professor of Africana Studies at San Diego State University– following today’s announcement that CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White will retire in June:

“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.

“From our perspective, the next chancellor must be a fearless and diligent budget advocate, working day in and day out to ensure that the system has the resources it currently lacks. We cannot afford to continue with a conservative approach to our funding issues and need someone who will step up to ensure the CSU has, at the very least, the basic funding it needs to offer a high quality and affordable education to students.

“Another key issue that the next chancellor must address is the inexcusable crisis of access that has been allowed to develop over the last several years. Initiatives that create barriers for students, like impaction policies and the CSU’s misguided quantitative reasoning proposal, must be reversed and abandoned.

“The next chancellor must also make a concerted effort to refocus the CSU’s approach to safety by   de-militarizing our campuses, and the Chancellor’s Office and make a real commitment to addressing the mental health needs of our students.

“Finally, as our union enters a bargaining year, 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.”


ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA FACULTY ASSOCIATION: CFA represents more than 28,000 tenure-line instructional faculty, lecturers, librarians, counselors and coaches on the 23 campuses of the California State University system, from Humboldt State in the north, to San Diego State in the south. Learn more about CFA at and visit our Facebook and Twitter pages.