CSU Chancellor Charles Reed, Who Defended Six-Figure Administrators' Salaries Amid Student Tuition Increases, Announces His Retirement


(May 24, 2012, last updated 6:48 p.m.) -- CSU Chancellor Charles Reed, who became the object of criticism for his defense of six figure administrators' salaries amid student tuition increases, announced this afternoon that he will retire.

Below is his statement emailed to CSU employees:

May 24, 2012

TO: CSU Employees

FROM: Chancellor Charles B. Reed

RE: A Personal Message

Today I am writing to let you know that I have announced my retirement as chancellor of the California State University system. I gave this news to the CSU’s Board of Trustees and to our campus presidents this morning.

From the very beginning, I was drawn to the California State University system because of my great respect and admiration for its mission. Fourteen years later, I am proud to have served at this great institution through such a dynamic period in its history. The CSU has emerged as a national leader in providing access and support to students from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds. Our campuses have continued to flourish even in the face of budgetary challenges and tremendous growth. Throughout my time here, the CSU has grown by more than 100,000 students, and I have been honored to sign more than a million diplomas.

Out of all of the many experiences I have had, what I have enjoyed the most about my time in California is working with so many bright and talented individuals. Some of my favorite moments as chancellor were those I spent learning about the leading-edge research and teaching innovations of our faculty members; the incredible dedication of our staff; and the against-all-odds success stories of our students. I have also had the honor of collaborating with many alumni, community, and business groups across California who have contributed to our universities’ success. Many of you have become close personal friends, and I treasure those connections and relationships.

Combined with the time I spent as chancellor at the State University System of Florida, I have served as chancellor for more than 27 years. I am now looking forward to retirement as a chance to spend more time with my wife, children, and five grandsons; and to pursue more of the higher education related projects that are my passion.

I have told the board that I will stay on until a replacement is named. In the meantime, I want you to know how grateful I am for all that you do for the CSU and for its students. It has truly been an honor to work alongside you in serving California and its students through this magnificent university system.

UPDATE: At late afternoon, Mayor Bob Foster issued this statement:

Charlie was the chancellor for most of the eight years I served on the CSU Board of Trustees. I have nothing but admiration for what he’s brought to the CSU system. He’s been at the helm during difficult times for universities and has tried to remain true to the CSU goals of quality higher education and access for all California students. I wish him well in his next chapter of his life.

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