Charles Reed

Dr. Charles B. Reed is chancellor of the 23-campus California State University system, the country’s largest system of higher education with nearly 450,000 students, 46,000 faculty and staff, and an annual budget of nearly five billion dollars.

As chancellor for the past 13 years, he has improved access to the CSU, especially among students of color; emphasized excellence in academic programs; created the system’s first stand-alone doctoral degree; created strong accountability measures; strengthened teache rpreparation; established a systemwide commitment to community service and civic engagement; developed stronger collaborations with K-12 schools through the CSU “How to Get to College” poster and the Early Assessment Program; partnered with the state’s leading industries; and provided the state with a well-educated workforce to meet California’s 21st century needs.

The CSU is the economic backbone of California, having graduated more than two million job-ready alumni who serve the state in business and industry and in their communities. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See

Before joining the California State University, Dr. Reed served as chancellor of the State University System of Florida and earlier, as chief of staff to the governor of Florida. He is married to Catherine Reed, has two children and five grandchildren.