California State University Chancellor Charles B. Reed announced Thursday, May 24, that he will retire as chancellor of the CSU following a 14-year tenure with the university system.
In a statement sent to CSU campuses and employees, Reed said that he came to the CSU because of his belief in its mission. “It has been an incredible honor to serve as chancellor of the California State University during such a dynamic period in the university’s history. Over the past decade and a half, the CSU has emerged as a national leader in providing access and support to students from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds.”
“Our campuses have continued to flourish even in the face of budgetary challenges and tremendous growth,” Reed added, noting the 23-campus system has grown past 400,000 students – one-third more than when he joined the CSU.
“Chancellor Reed has provided strong and dedicated leadership for the California State University during a period of dramatic growth and a recent period in which the state has disinvested in public higher education,” said Fresno State President John D. Welty. “He has been passionate about providing access to those who can benefit from a public higher education.”