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Calif. State University System Selects New Chancellor

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LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — The California State University system has selected a new chancellor to lead the nation’s largest collection of four-year schools.

University officials said Thursday that Timothy P. White, currently the chancellor of the University of California, Riverside, will take charge of the 23-campus system.

The 63-year-old White will replace Charles Reed, who is retiring after 14 years.

CBS2 investigative reporter David Goldstein’s exclusive story in May revealed questionable spending at the CSU Chancellor’s Office which sparked student protests.

CBS2 obtained the CSU credit card statement from last year showing $766,890.32 in questionable charges including tens of thousands of dollars in catered meals, plus expensive dinners and car service rides — mostly paid for by taxpayer money.

“At a time when you are making drastic cuts and raising tuition fees on students, spending taxpayer money to subsidize your lifestyle and those of already well-paid CSU presidents is shameful,” Calif. Sen. Ted W. Lieu wrote in a letter to Reed in May after CBS2’s story aired.

White is expected to start the job at the end of December and will receive an annual salary of $421,500, the same as Reed.

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