By Kris Lovekin
RIVERSIDE — UC Riverside Chancellor Timothy P. White, 63, has been appointed to the California Student Aid Commission by Governor Jerry Brown. The announcement came Friday from the Governor’s office as part of a wrap up of recent appointments to state commissions and boards. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is a $100 per diem.
The Student Aid Commission is responsible for administering financial aid programs for students attending public and private universities, colleges, and vocational schools in California. The commission provides analysis and leadership on the issue, in partnership with colleges, universities, financial institutions, and financial aid associations. The goal is to make higher education financially accessible to all Californians. Eleven of the 15 members are appointed by the Governor and represent segments of the State’s higher education community, students, and the general public. The Speaker of the Assembly and the Chair of the Senate Rules Committee each appoint two members as representatives of the general public.
White has been chancellor and professor at the University of California, Riverside since 2008. White is a product of California’s public education system, having attended public k-12, community college, two Cal State Universities, and the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned his doctorate in the physiology of exercise. He was president and professor at the University of Idaho from 2004 to 2008. He served in multiple positions at Oregon State University from 1996 to 2004, including dean, provost, executive vice president and interim president. He served as professor and department chair at the University of California, Berkeley from 1991 to 1995 and professor and chair at the University of Michigan from 1977 to 1991. He lives in Riverside.