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CSU Chancellor White: In the Executive's Chair

By Margaret Chantung

California State University Chancellor Timothy White shared his insights into leadership and his pathway to success to a packed auditorium of business students and community members in the course, “In the Executive’s Chair” this past September. As chancellor, he oversees 23 campuses, nearly 447,000 students and 45,000 faculty and staff.

“Why is listening important?” he asked. “I think that’s the best part about talking…if you can take your ideas in a conversation and meld them with those you are trying to work with to move an organization forward, you have a lot of owners at the end of that conversation.”

White, a native of Argentina, immigrated to California when he was young. As a first-generation college student and product of California’s Master Plan, he pursued his higher education from Diablo Valley Community College, Fresno State, California State University East Bay (now Hayward), and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He spent two years as a post-doctoral scholar in physiology at the University of Michigan before starting his academic career at Ann Arbor in 1978. He is internationally recognized for his research in muscle plasticity, injury and aging.

Watch a clip from Chancellor White’s visit and hear what other advice he had to offer: