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Timothy White will Begin July 18

Start Date will be July 18 for New UC Riverside Chancellor Timothy P. White

Even before the official first day, he has been consulting on budget and other substantive campus issues.

(June 11, 2008)

Timothy P. White will begin his tenure at UC Riverside on July 18. (photo by Peter Phun)Enlarge

Timothy P. White will begin his tenure at UC Riverside on July 18. (photo by Peter Phun)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- Timothy P. White will officially begin his term as Chancellor at UC Riverside on Friday, July 18.

“UC Riverside is an institution of great accomplishment and even greater opportunity,” said White, who has spent the past four years as president of the University of Idaho and was approved on May 15 by the UC Regents as the next chancellor of UCR. “I am eager to get started.”

White succeeds former UC Riverside Chancellor France A. Córdova, who stepped down last summer to assume the presidency of Purdue University. Robert D. Grey, a University of California veteran who previously served as provost and executive vice chancellor at UC Davis, has been serving the Riverside campus as acting chancellor.

“Since his appointment, Dr. White has engaged in a series of conversations with members of our leadership team,” Grey wrote in a note to campus Wednesday. “He has been consulted and concurred with the most substantive decisions that we needed to make during this time."

Grey said there will be at least two campus visits by Tim White before that date for meetings with campus leaders. From July 18 to Aug. 27, White will be paid at 50 percent salary as he makes his move and takes some personal time during the summer. "He and I will work together with other members of the senior administration to effect a smooth transition," Grey said.

An immigrant from Argentina who received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, White has three decades of experience in public research universities. He has held faculty appointments at the University of Michigan, UC Berkeley, and Oregon State University, where he served as provost and executive vice president, and as president on an interim basis, before joining the University of Idaho as president in August 2004.

White, 58, has led the renewal of the University of Idaho as president, placing a focus on strategic planning, diversity, improved communication, multidisciplinary research initiatives and the fostering of a student-centered culture. His academic background is in physiology, kinesiology and human biodynamics, and he is internationally recognized for his work in muscle plasticity, injury and aging.

White moved in childhood first to Canada and then to Northern California. He is a naturalized U.S. citizen. A first-generation college student, White began his higher education at Diablo Valley Community College in Northern California. He achieved his B.A. degree at California State University, Fresno; his M.S. degree at California State University, Hayward; and his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley.

Upon completion of his Ph.D., White served as a postdoctoral scholar and then faculty member at the University of Michigan, ultimately serving as chair of the Department of Kinesiology. From 1991 to 1996 he was at UC Berkeley, serving as professor and then chair of the Department of Human Biodynamics. He subsequently joined Oregon State University, where he served as dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences. In the early 2000s he served as provost and executive vice president there, and also as president on an interim basis.

As president of the University of Idaho, in Moscow, Idaho, he launched a strategic planning effort, streamlined the administrative structure, adopted a comprehensive action plan for diversity and human rights at the university, launched a series of interdisciplinary programs in targeted fields important to the state of Idaho, and improved the institution’s fundraising success. He also placed an emphasis on building trust with internal and external constituencies and on creating a student-centered university with a strong sense of community.

White’s family includes his wife, Karen, and four children.

As chancellor of UC Riverside, White will receive an annual salary of $325,000.

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