CSU Chancellor Visits CSUN

  • Chancellor White at CSUN Cabinet Breakfast

    California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White visited the California State University, Northridge campus on Sept. 9, 2013. He began the day attending a breakfast function with the university's cabinet, which includes Vice President of University Advancement Robert Gunsalus (center) and Vice President of Administration and Finance Colin Donahue (right). Photo by Lee Choo.

  • Chancellor White and CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison met for an early morning meeting during his visit. Photo by Lee Choo.

  • Christopher Woolett, Associated Students President, and Talar Alexanian, Associated Students Vice President and CSU Student Trustee, hosted Chancellor White during an Associated Students Senate meeting. Photo by Lee Choo.

  • The myCSUNtablet/iPad initiative began at the start of the fall 2013 semester. Here, Chancellor White received a demonstration of its use in the classroom by assistant professor of biology Jeanne Robertson during her Biology 106 class. Photo by Lee Choo.

  • During lunch, Chancellor White met with the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and Council of Chairs at the Orange Grove Bistro. Photo by Lee Choo.

  • At the Plaza del Sol Concert Hall, Chancellor White took questions in a Town Hall meeting format. The audience was composed of faculty, staff and students. Photo by Lee Choo.

  • Chancellor White also met with CSUN's extended cabinet during the day. Photo by Lee Choo.

  • CSUN President Harrison, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Harry Hellenbrand, and Vice President of Administration and Finance Colin Donahue met with Chancellor White to guide him on a tour of the campus. This included a visit to the Center of Achievement Through Adapted Physical Activity. Photo by Lee Choo.

  • Chancellor White was also taken to visit the refurbished Matadome. Photo by Lee Choo.

  • Over the summer of 2013, the Delmar T. Oviatt Library underwent major renovations, including the creation of a new Learning Commons. Chancellor White stopped by and spoke to students in the updated area. Photo by Nestor Garcia.

  • Chancellor White was shown CSUN's fuel cell power plant, one of the largest at any university in the world. Photo by Lee Choo.

  • One of Chancellor White's stated goals during his tour of all 23 CSU campuses was to talk directly with students. Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students William Watkins and University Student Union Executive Director Debra Hammond took him around campus to do so. One student was kinesiology major Maurine Lambert, who he and President Harrison spoke to in the Student Recreation Center. Photo by Lee Choo.

  • Chancellor White chatted with sociology major Raul Velasco, a U.S. Army Specialist, during his visit to the Veterans' Resource Center. Photo by Lee Choo.

  • With assistance from an NCAA grant, CSUN built the Matador Achievement Center to help student athletes. At its opening, Chancellor White and President Harrison led the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Photo by Lee Choo.

  • At the end of Chancellor White's visit, President Harrison and Vice President of University Advancement Robert Gunsalus hosted a dinner with members of the Foundation Board and the CSUN community at the Valley Performing Arts Center. Photo by Lee Choo.

California State University Chancellor Timothy White visited California State University, Northridge on Monday, Sept. 10, as part of his statewide tour of the 23-campus CSU system.

During the daylong visit, White met with students, faculty and staff; toured the campus; and learned about academic and student-life programs, as well as current issues facing the university.

“I think of the CSU as the Baskin Robbins of higher education,” said White during an hour-long town hall meeting at the Plaza del Sol Performance Hall in the University Student Union. ”There are 23 flavors in our enterprise. What matters to Northridge is related to and different than what matters to Channel Islands … or San Bernardino.”

He noted that CSUN was his 15th stop on the tour.

White, who took over as chancellor of the CSU system in December of last year, said he has identified four areas to focus on: student access, affordability, quality and completion.

In addition to the town hall meeting, White met with members of the Associated Students, the Faculty Senate and employee union leaders. He, along with CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison, toured several of CSUN’s unique facilities, including the Center of Achievement Through Adapted Physical Activity, the Matadome, the Oviatt Library’s Learning Commons and the fuel cell plant. White frequently chatted with members of CSUN’s diverse student body throughout the day, particularly during his visit to the library and the University Student Union. He concluded his tour of the campus by participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the Matador Achievement Center in Bayramian Hall. The new center will provide academic support to student athletes.

In the evening, White met with alumni and friends of the university community, including representatives from the CSUN Foundation, at the Valley Performing Arts Center.

White said he “felt welcomed” by the campus and was impressed by our outstanding programs and facilities.

President Harrison said it was an honor to host Chancellor White.

“The chancellor showed that he shares CSUN’s values and priorities,” Harrison said. “I look forward to continuing to work with the chancellor to ensure that the CSU system provides access and a quality college education to all.”

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