California State University Chancellor Timothy White and Cal State Northridge President Dianne Harrison will delay their previously announced end-of-academic-year retirements due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Long Beach-based university system announced Friday.
“As the world faces an unprecedented crisis, now more than ever, it is crucially important for stable and experienced hands to provide thoughtful guidance on all areas affecting the operations of the university,” CSU Board of Trustees Chairman Adam Day said in a statement.
Cal State East Bay President Leroy Morishita will also postponed his planned retirement, according to the CSU.
Day said the searches for a new CSU chancellor and new presidents for the two universities will be paused, with the efforts restarting later this year.
In October 2019, White announced that he intended to retire as CSU chancellor in July 2020. Assuming the position of chancellor in 2012, White “led the university’s restoration and resurgence from Great Recession-era cuts to achieve unprecedented heights for student enrollment and graduation,” Day said.
Harrison, who has been CSUN president since 2012, announced her retirement plans in November, saying she would step down at the end of June.
Morishita announced his retirement plans in September. He has led Cal State East Bay since 2011.
“I am pleased and relieved Chancellor White and Presidents Morishita and Harrison will continue to provide their leadership for the immediate future,” Day said.