Public Affairs

Testaments to Chancellor Charles B. Reed's Service

"California has been fortunate to have Charlie Reed as Chancellor of the California State University system. As our economy has come to demand more jobs that require a university education, Chancellor Reed has provided unsurpassed leadership in helping us meet the challenge. He has worked tirelessly to ensure that the students of the California State University receive a world-class education at an affordable price. Charlie has been an inspiration to all of us who care about the future of California. I send him my thanks and personal best wishes."

-- Allan Zaremberg, President and CEO, California Chamber of Commerce


"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."

-- Bob Foster, Mayor, City of Long Beach


"The Campaign for College Opportunity has been honored to have worked with Chancellor Reed for nearly a decade on ensuring increased college opportunity and success for students seeking an education in the CSU system. Chancellor Reed has been a tremendous visionary and leader in public higher education in California. Chancellor Reed is a man of integrity and has never been satisfied with preserving the status quo; rather, he has pushed for bold reforms that are student centered and ensure California’s economy remains competitive."

-- Michele Siqueiros, Executive Director, The Campaign for College Opportunity


"Charlie Reed is the finest administrator I've ever known, bar none.  California's public higher education system and its students could not have had a greater champion.  He has boundless energy, a steel-trap mind, absolute integrity, and uncommon vision.  Every single day, Charlie worked to provide the best and lowest cost education to every person seeking a quality higher education in California.  During one of the most challenging and difficult times in California's higher education history, we were blessed to have his leadership.  No higher education leader will be more greatly missed."

-- Jeffrey Bleich, U.S. Ambassador to Australia,
Former Chair, CSU Board of Trustees


"As the leader of the State Senate, I worked closely with Charlie Reed and found him a refreshing educational leader with just the right balance of academia and practical politics. His work in Florida with Governor Graham gave him the experience he needed to successfully lead the CSU but also guide it through the political process in Sacramento. As a result every door was open to him and we welcomes his insight, candor and common sense."

-- John L. Burton, Chairman, California Democratic Party,
Former Senator, California State Senate


"Chancellor Reed has provided steady leadership during a very difficult time for the CSU.  In particular, he has demonstrated a keen understanding of the important role the CSU plays for local students and their communities.  Under his leadership, the CSU adopted programs to open pathways from community colleges to the CSU.  This is a legacy from which future generations will greatly benefit."

-- Marty Block, Assembly Member (AD-78), California State Assembly,
Chair, Assembly Higher Education Committee


"As Speaker of the Assembly and a Trustee of the California State University, I am grateful for Chancellor Reed’s dedication to ensuring the CSU remains a place where every Californian, regardless of their background or their income, can have opportunities to make the most of their potential. I am also thankful for his support in our efforts to make college more affordable for middle class families throughout California. He has led the CSU through very difficult times, and I would like to thank him for his service, and note that I believe the CSU is better off today because of his service."

-- John A. Pérez, Speaker, California State Assembly


"As a former Associated Student Executive Officer, alumnus of the CSU system, and current Chair of the Latino Caucus, it has been my pleasure to work with Chancellor Reed.  I thank him for his commitment and dedication to our students and celebrate his leadership in cultivating one of the largest and most diverse university systems in the country.  I wish him well in his future endeavors."

-- Ricardo Lara, Assembly Member (D-Bell Gardens),California State Assembly


"As the Chancellor of the CSU system, Dr. Charles Reed made it a priority to welcome Latina students across California. His support for HOPE’s Youth Leadership through Literacy Program (YLTLP) ensured that over 2000 young Latinas had the resources, support, and access to a higher education. He leaves a wonderful legacy behind that will no doubt continue with his successor. Thank you, Chancellor Reed, for your dedication to diversity and our youth."

-- Helen Iris Torres, Executive Director, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE)


"Charlie Reed has been an extraordinary leader of the California State University and an outstanding spokesman for access to public universities nationally. I loved his passion for students, especially those that needed an opportunity. He will be truly missed in California and nationally."

-- Peter McPherson, President, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities


"As the head of the CSU, Charlie Reed has been a tireless advocate for underrepresented students, including advocating side-by-side with HACU on behalf of Hispanic-Serving Institutions. His leadership will be sorely missed but we are grateful to him for his commitment to diversity, even during these recent times of fiscal crisis. We wish him all the best for the future."

-- Antonio R. Flores, President and CEO, Hispanic Association of
Colleges and Universities (HACU)


"Dear Chancellor Reed: On behalf of the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) and the more than 100,000 parents that the CSU has sponsored through our “Parent Engagement in Education” program, we extend our most sincere heartfelt thanks. You have personified the best of the CSU system by modeling courageous and values driven leadership and in the process you have transformed the role of the CSU system in our communities. Not only have you expanded it beyond anyone’s imagination, but you have been instrumental in providing a “University Education” for African American, Latinos/as, and other students who may have never attained this opportunity were it not for your creative, determined, impactful and courageous measures! We want to wish you many more years of great health and happiness in all your future endeavors. Rest and enjoy your family, you have earned it! Mil gracias & Thank You."

-- David Valladolid, President and CEO, Parent Institute for Quality Education


"Chancellor Reed's steadfast commitment to the advancement of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students provided much needed leadership to dispel the 'model minority' stereotype that our community faces. He created key partnerships with AAPI leaders and advocated for fair and expanded outreach for students of Asian-Pacific decent. His legacy will have an impact on AAPI students of every subgroup and remembered for years to come. We also hope it encourages future chancellors to follow in his footsteps for student success.”

-- Alexander C. Kim, Board Member, Korean American Coalition
Former Deputy Director, Calif. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger


"Chancellor Charlie Reed has been a strategic partner and champion for AAHHE. His vision and actions for serving the Hispanic student and faculty community is unparalleled. We will miss his leadership and synergy."

-- Loui Olivas, President, American Association of Hispanic in Higher Education (AAHHE)


"TELACU is grateful to Chancellor Charles B. Reed for his steadfast commitment to making the CSU more accessible to young Latino men and women throughout our state.  Through his vision and leadership, Chancellor Reed is responsible for a legacy of inclusion and empowerment within the underserved communities of California."

-- Michael Lizárraga, President and CEO, TELACU


"Charlie Reed's decision to retire is a great loss for higher education.  For several decades, he has been one of the nation's leading voices and most effective leaders in addressing the many challenges facing higher education...access for under represented minorities, college completion, high academic standards, and workforce development in areas critical to our nation's future.  I have learned so much from him over the years and I am certain I will seek his wise counsel often in the future."

-- William Kirwan, Chancellor, University of Maryland system


"California owes a deep debt of gratitude to Chancellor Reed.  For close to 15 years now, he has provided the vital California State University system with consistently dynamic and innovative leadership.  He will be missed. Chancellor Reed's legacy of public service includes his tireless, multi-dimensional campaign to reach students who might otherwise not have put themselves on a path toward college, in the process greatly expanding access to Californians of all backgrounds.  He has been an effective champion for public higher education at the national level as well, leading efforts, for example, to enhance the federal Pell Grant program that provides critical financial aid for students from lower income families.  In my four years in California, the Chancellor has been an effective and reliable ally in the fight to keep alive for future generations of Californians the promise of an affordable, top quality education.  We have worked as partners in Sacramento, attempting to persuade the state's political leadership to reverse its chronic disinvestment in public higher education.  I will miss having him at my side in these ongoing struggles, as should all Californians who are concerned about the future of this great state.  As a friend, I wish Charlie and his wife Cathy only the best in the next chapter of their life together."

-- Mark Yudof, President, University of California


"Charlie Reed is an outstanding leader in American higher education. It was a great privilege to work with him on many educational projects.  He was key in initiating and supporting the passage of SB 724, a bill I authored to grant CSU the authority to award the Doctorate in Education.  He and I collaborated closely on the creation of an improved transfer system between the California Community Colleges and California State University.  He has left an indelible imprint upon CSU.  I wish him and his wife Cathy the very best in their well-deserved retirement."

-- Jack Scott, Chancellor, California Community Colleges


"For the past fourteen years, the California State University has had the honor and opportunity to be led by one of the nation’s visionary educational leaders. Chancellor Reed's incredible dedication, self sacrifice and singular purpose focused on student advancement is unrivaled. I count myself and the members of The California State University Foundation Board of Governors among those who have benefited greatly from our interactions with Chancellor Reed. The innumerable awards, accolades and honors that have been bestowed upon the Chancellor can never adequately measure the impact he has had on the lives of countless individuals."

-- Ron Barhorst, Chairman, California State University Foundation


"Dr. Reed took a lot of criticism for calling the CSU 'California's Workhorse', but knowing him, he meant the title as the highest compliment.  No one committed more time, talent and influence to the students and the mission of the CSU."

-- James Postma, Chair, CSU Academic Senate


"Chancellor Reed has given strong, steady and principled leadership to the California State University.  His unwavering commitment to student success, support of our more than 2.6 million CSU alumni and passion for the mission of the university will be a lasting legacy and benefit California for many years to come."

-- Guy Heston, President, CSU Alumni Council


"Chancellor Reed has been a tireless advocate for students throughout his tenure.  His leadership has guided our universities through some of the most difficult times that California and its system of higher education have ever faced.  Dr. Reed has sought student input and collaboration on a broad range of issues, continuing the rich history of student participation in policy development that is now a hallmark of the CSU system.  On behalf of current and past CSSA leaders, as well as the students of the CSU system, we thank Dr. Reed for his many years of service."

-- Gregory Washington, President, California State Student Association (CSSA)


"Nobody has cared more about the mission of the university, worked harder despite overwhelming challenges or advocated more passionately on behalf of the CSU than Charlie Reed.  His leadership over more than 14 years has been invaluable, and he has managed the institution through some of the most difficult times in its history.  Charlie leaves a legacy that puts students first, and clearly positions CSU as a place that offers hope and opportunity to a whole generation.  As one of the board members who hired Charlie, I want to express my deep gratitude for his commitment and service."

-- Bill Hauck, Trustee, CSU Board of Trustees


"As chair of the board of trustees, I have seen up close the difficult decisions Charlie has to make every day, and the enormous job of serving as chancellor of a university system serving more than 420,000 students.  Charlie has persevered through the worst budget crisis in the history of California, and has had to deal with deep budget cuts to the CSU.  He has a deep desire to do what is best for students.  Charlie's management of the institution is something to behold, and on behalf of the board, I would like to thank him for his unending energy and dedication to the CSU."

-- Bob Linscheid, Chair, CSU Board of Trustees