Dr. Timothy P. White, a California State University, Fresno graduate and the 1997 Top Dog Distinguished Alumnus, is the new chancellor of the 23-campus California State University system, which includes Fresno State.

White is the chancellor of the University of California, Riverside. His appointment was announced today by the CSU Board of Trustees.

“Tim White is a great choice,” said Fresno State President John W. Welty. “He has been a colleague of mine for a number of years and we are honored that he has experience at Fresno State as a student.”

He graduated magna cum laude from Fresno State in 1970 with a degree in physical education. He received his master’s degree from CSU East Bay and his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a post-doctoral scholar in physiology at the University of Michigan and is internationally recognized for research in muscle plasticity, injury and aging.

White received the Top Dog Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Fresno State Alumni Association’s highest recognition. The award honors a former Fresno State student whose scholarship, leadership and service to the university, Central California and to the state are exemplary.

White, 63, has served as UCR chancellor since 2008. He will succeed CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed who announced his retirement following a 14-year tenure with the system.

“Tim White’s background and experience reflect the institutional values and mission of the CSU,” said CSU Board Chair Bob Linscheid. “His demonstrated leadership and commitment to student success are the right combination for the university’s future.”

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