Timothy P. White is the seventh chancellor of the California State University system. With 23 campuses, approximately 427,000 students, and 44,000 faculty and staff, the CSU is the largest four-year public higher education system in the country. White came to the CSU in 2013 after having served as chancellor of University of California, Riverside since 2008. During his time as UCR chancellor, he oversaw growth of the campus to more than 21,000 students, led the formation of the university’s strategic plan, and established the new UCR School of Medicine. He also served as professor of Biology and of Biomedical Sciences.
Previously, White was the president of the University of Idaho from 2004 to 2008. Through his leadership, the University of Idaho furthered the university's role as the state's land-grant and flagship research university. He also served at Oregon State University from 1996 to 2004 as a dean, the provost and executive vice president, and with an interim appointment as president. Earlier, he held positions as professor and chair of the Department of Human Biodynamics at the University of California, Berkeley; 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 is a product of California’s Master Plan, having pursued his higher education from Diablo Valley Community College, Fresno State University, CSU East Bay (nee Hayward), and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He is internationally recognized for his research in muscle plasticity, injury and aging. 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.