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Chancellor White’s Friday letter of October 5, 2012

Chancellor White’s Friday letter of October 5, 2012

October 5, 2012

Dear Friends,

Today’s Friday Letter is without doubt the hardest I have had to write. As some of you will have learned by now, the Trustees of California State University voted yesterday to name me as the seventh chancellor of their 23-campus system. I have, with profoundly mixed emotions, accepted their offer.

This decision fills me with both pain and pride. Pain at leaving an institution and community that have been so enormously welcoming to my family and me. Pride at all we have accomplished together, and for achievements yet to come.

Karen and I could not have felt more supported than we have by all of you. Your friendship, advice, and encouragement have allowed us to be a special part of this wonderful UCR family and greater Riverside community. While we will deeply miss working alongside you to achieve our aspirations for this campus, our hearts will remain forever connected to UCR.

And what an aspirational place this is! Every day, in so many ways, UCR is living the promise. Through the boundless enthusiasm of our students… The inspiring dedication of our faculty… The steadfast commitment of our staff… We have wonderfully loyal alumni, generous friends, and the most supportive community imaginable…

You don’t make it easy for me to leave.

Yet, at the same time, I feel this is a tremendous opportunity for me to try to do more for higher education in this state, at a time that is both precarious and potentially transformative. It is an opportunity to affect the futures of some 430,000 CSU students, and those yet to come.

Although I did not seek out this position at CSU, I believe I can bring a unique perspective. First, because I am a product of California’s Master Plan, having attended Diablo Valley Community College, two Cal State campuses – Fresno and East Bay – and UC Berkeley. Second, because CSU is facing so many issues that are similar to UC.

Like UC, Cal State is challenged with further developing its academic excellence in a rapidly changing environment of resource availability, public accountability, and technology, while maintaining affordable access to qualified undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from California and throughout the world.

I look forward to joining forces with the leadership of both UC and the community college system to advocate for higher education in our state and all that it means for our young people, our economy, and the very future of California. It is because I believe so deeply in these issues that I accepted the position.

My decision was made easier by the knowledge that I leave UCR in the hands of exceptional leadership. Our campus senior leadership team is made up of extraordinary individuals – individuals who are committed to our students, committed to our institution, and committed to the aspirations we share for UC Riverside. I have tremendous confidence in them, and I know that all of you will continue to give back to UCR in the many and wonderful ways that you do to help achieve our shared vision.

This is not my last Friday Letter, and I hope to have many opportunities to say both thank you and good-bye before assuming my new assignment in late December. But let me say right here and now how deeply appreciative I am of having had the opportunity to serve this campus – to serve you – as your chancellor for the past four and a half years.

In the months and years ahead, I will watch – and cheer – with great pride as UC Riverside continues to Live its Promise.

With deep respect, admiration, and warm regards,

Timothy P. White

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