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UCR on Undercover Boss


A Chancellor Undercover

UC Riverside Chancellor Timothy P. White trades his suit and tie for the season finale of Undercover Boss on CBS, which aired on May 1

(May 2, 2011)

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Timothy P. White crops his hair and puts on a mustache to go undercover at the University of California, Riverside.<br />
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Timothy P. White crops his hair and puts on a mustache to go undercover at the University of California, Riverside.
Photo: (c)2011 Studio Lambert All Rights Reserved

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — The mission was impossible. Take the head of a public research university and hide him in plain sight for a week. But the University of California, Riverside accomplished it at the request of the hit CBS reality show “Undercover Boss.”

Chancellor Timothy P. White, who has served as UC Riverside’s highly visible chief executive for the past three years, crops his hair short and dons a mustache, false teeth, and earring in a show that lets him take on the everyday work of the students, staff and faculty at the 20,000-student campus. In the process, he said, he was changed as a chancellor.

In the show he works with a track coach, a chemistry professor, a campus tour guide and a staff member in the science library.

This is the first time a university campus has ever been featured on the Emmy-nominated show. The UCR episode was the season finale, airing Sunday, May 1 on CBS.

“Seeing the campus from the inside out only strengthened my respect for the way a public research university changes lives and creates value every day,” White said. “I was moved and changed as a person and as a leader by this very intense examination of how the place works from the ground level. My decisions as a chancellor will be more thoughtful because of this experience.”
Chancellor White before his transformation<br />
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Chancellor White before his transformation
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One of his jobs undercover: track coach. <br />
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One of his jobs undercover: track coach.

Photo: MONTY BRINTON/CBS
©2011 CBS BROADCASTING INC. All Rights Reserved

The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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