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Cal State To Announce New Leader Of 23-Campus System This Week

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A meeting of the California State University trustees in Long Beach. (Adolfo Guzman-Lopez/LAist)
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California State University plans to start its trustees’ meeting on Wednesday by announcing the university system’s new chancellor.

CSU has been looking for a new leader for its 23-campus system for nearly a year, after Chancellor Tim White announced his retirement last October.

The search intended to find someone to continue White’s ambitious program to improve graduation rates, as well as to advocate for and manage state funding increases brought about by a healthy California economy.

But now that the pandemic has moved classes largely online and sharply curtailed revenues, the new chancellor will have to navigate a financially weakened system. Cal State lost $500 million in state funding this fiscal year and larger cuts are likely as campuses remain online into 2021.

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It will be a challenge for the new chancellor and the Board of Trustees to balance the overall Cal State budget without tuition increases or substantial layoffs. As of last year, more than 480,000 students were enrolled at Cal State campuses, and there were nearly 27,000 faculty and more than 25,000 staff on the payroll.

After the new chancellor is revealed, trustees will vote on compensation. White earns $477,000 yearly, plus $95,000 housing and $12,000 in vehicle stipends.

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