The California State University community will learn Wednesday who will be taking over as the system’s new chancellor.

Current Chancellor Timothy White announced last October that he would be retiring, effective in July 2020. But he delayed those plans in March when the coronavirus pandemic took hold, forcing the 23-campus system into a virtual learning environment that will continue through the spring.

The search process for his replacement was also put on temporary hold, but CSU Board of Trustees Chair Lillian Kimbell is expected to announce the system’s new “chancellor-select” during a board meeting Wednesday.

On Wednesday morning, the board’s Committee on University and Faculty Personnel will discuss a compensation package for the chancellor-select, with the issue going to the full board later that day.

The new chancellor is expected to take over early next year, according to the CSU, indicating White will remain in the post through the end of this year. White has already announced that CSU courses will remain online in the spring due to the pandemic.

White has been CSU chancellor since 2012. He is credited with spearheading efforts to bolster graduation rates, while also seeing state funding for the system increase from $2.3 billion to $3.6 billion during his tenure, with enrollment rising from 436,000 to more than 480,000.

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