Administration
Charles B. Reed
Charles B. Reed
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Dr. Charles B. Reed

Chancellor Emeritus
The California State University

The Chancellor of the California State University is the chief executive officer of the country’s largest senior system of public higher education. He provides leadership to 49,000 faculty and staff and 474,000 students on 23 campuses and seven off-campus centers. The CSU, which spans the entire state of California, has an annual budget of more than $5 billion.

The California State University currently offers approximately 1,233 bachelor’s degree programs, 783 master’s programs, and 29 joint doctoral programs in 319 areas. CSU prepares the majority of the state’s new public school teachers and 10 percent of the nation's K-12 instructors. Each year, nearly as many people graduate with bachelor’s degrees from the CSU as from all other universities and colleges in the state combined.

Professional Appointments

1998 – Present Chancellor, The California State University
1985 – 1998 Chancellor, State University System of Florida
1979 – 1985 Chief of Staff, Office of the Governor, State of Florida
1971 – 1979 Director, Office of Planning and Budgeting – Florida Department of Education, Commissioner’s Office
1970 – 1971 Director, National Project for the American Association of Colleges and Teacher Education – The George Washington University
1968 – 1970 Tenured Associate Professor and Director of Teacher Education – The George Washington University
1964 – 1968 Assistant Professor Teacher Education – The George Washington University

Public Activities – Educational
  • Member, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers Advisory Committee on College Readiness, Achieve (2011 - )
  • Member, Board, Urban Serving Universities (2008 - )
  • Member, National Center on Education and the Economy’s Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce (2006)
  • Member, President’s Roundtable, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (2005 - )
  • Member, Board of Directors, Council for Higher Education Accreditation (2004 - 2007)
  • Member, Board of Directors, National Center for Educational Accountability (2002 - )
  • Member, Presidents Leadership Group, the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention (2002 - )
  • Member, College Ed. National Board, The College Board (2001 - )
  • Member, Policy Board, EdVoice (2001 - )
  • Member, National Advisory Committee for TeacherLine, PBS Adult Learning Service (2000- 2001)
  • Member, Advisory Group for Tech*Knowledge, PBS Adult Learning Service (2000)
  • Member, National Council for Education and Human Development, George Washington University (2000-2003)
  • Member, National Commission on the High School Senior Year (2000-2001)
  • Member, RAND Education Advisory Board (2000-2003)
  • Member, National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (1985 - ); Board of Directors (2000-2002); Co-Chair, Council on Governmental Affairs (2005-08)
  • Member, America Reads*America Counts Steering Committee of College & University Presidents (1998 - 2001)
  • Member, Board of Advisors, California Council on Economic Education (1998 - )
  • Member, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (1998 - )
  • Chair, National Commission on College and University Tenure, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (1997)
  • Member, Florida Governor’s Commission on Education (1996-98)
  • Member, Florida Business Higher Education Partnership (1994-98)
  • Member, Commission on National Investment in Higher Education (1994-97)
  • Member, Florida Governor’s Commission on Space (1994)
  • Member, National Business Higher Education Forum (1992- )
  • Special consultant to Emir of Kuwait on reconstruction of Kuwait University (1992)
  • Member, Harry S. Truman Scholarship Commission (1991-96); Chair (1996)
  • Consultant, Australian Education Council (1987)
  • Founding Charter Member, National Campus Compact Executive Committee (1986-1989)
  • Member, Florida Council of Asian Affairs (1986-90)
  • Member, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (1985- 2010); Member, Policy Council, Teacher Education Accountability and Evaluation Commission (1999-2000); Co-Chair, Council on Governmental Affairs (2005 - 2010)
  • Member, National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (1985- ); Committee on Congressional Liaison (1986-90); Member, Board of Directors (2000-2002)
  • Member, Florida High Technology Council (1985-1998)
  • Member, Education Commission of the States (1983-98)
  • White House Intergovernmental Advisory Council on Education (Governor Graham was Chair – served as staff liaison) (1980-81)
  • Member, Executive Committee Southern Regional Education Board (1979-98); Vice President (1989-91)
  • Member, National Commission on Higher Education data based management, US Department of Education (1979-80)
  • Member, American Association for Higher Education
  • Member, American Council on Education (1985 - ); member, ACE Joint Editorial Board (2003- )
  • Member, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges; member, Council of Presidents (2001 - )
  • Member, National Association of System Heads

Other Private/Public Activities
  • Member, National Advisory Group, National Governors Association (2010 - )
  • Member, Advisory Board, Central Intelligence Agency (2009 - )
  • Member, Board of Directors, California Chamber of Commerce (2009 - )
  • Member, Board of Directors, Policy Consensus Initiative (2005 - 2006)
  • Member, Advisory Committee, New Voters Project (2003 - 2006)
  • Member, Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Infrastructure, City of Los Angeles (2003)
  • Member, National Alliance of Business (2001-2003)
  • Member, Board of Directors, YMCA of Greater Long Beach (1999-2001)
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center (1998- 2008)
  • Consultant to Virginia Higher Education Coordinating Board (1997)
  • Member, Enterprise Florida Board (1995-98)
  • Board of Directors, Martin Luther King Institute on Non-Violence (1995-98)
  • Chair, Florida Hurricane Insurance Task Force (1995-96)
  • Hope for Kids National Advisory Council (1995-1998)
  • Consultant to Texas A&M Board of Regents (1995)
  • Member, Florida Council on Defense Industry Conversion (1993-98)
  • Member, Council on Foreign Relations, New York (1987- )
  • Member, Florida Council of 100 (1985-1999)
  • Lecturer, Carnegie Mellon University – Institute on Higher Education (1979-1985)

Corporate Board Experience
  • Member, Corporate Board of Directors, ACT Inc., Iowa City, Iowa. Largest testing company in the USA (2001 - ); chair, Finance and Audit Committee
  • Member, Corporate Board of Directors, Florida Progress Corp., St. Petersburg, Florida. Second largest corporate holding company in Florida (1990-1997)
  • Member, Corporate Board of Directors, Capital Health Plan/Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida (1979-1997)
Honors and Awards
  • Honorary Degrees
    • Towson University – Doctor of Humane Letters (2009)
    • British Open University – Honorary Doctor of the University (2000)
    • Florida State University – Doctor of Humane Letters (1997)
    • Waynesburg College – Doctor of Letters (1990)
    • St. Thomas University – Doctor of Humane Letters (1988)
    • The George Washington University – Doctor of Public Service (1987)
    • Stetson University – Doctor of Laws (1987)
  • The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education, New York City (2008)
  • Lamar R. Plunkett Award, Southern Regional Education Board (June 2001)
  • Academic Building II named the “Charles B. Reed Hall” at Florida Gulf Coast University (February 2001)
  • Los Angeles Times Magazine Cover (November 1999 issue)
  • Washington Internship Award (1997)
  • Fulbright 50th Anniversary Distinguished Fellow – Peru (September 1996)
  • Gainesville Sun profile (1996 and 1988)
  • CASE – San Francisco Conference Award (1995)
  • Florida Trend cover (November 1995 issue)
  • Floridian of the Year – Orlando Sentinel (1990)
  • The George Washington University Football Hall of Fame (1990)
  • Distinguished Alumni – The George Washington University (1987)
  • Top 5 Speeches of the Year 1987 – “Vital Speeches of the Day”
  • Keynote Speaker, NCAA Convention, San Francisco (1987)
  • Football Scholarship to The George Washington University (1959-63)
Education
  • Ed.D., The George Washington University – Teacher Education (1970)
  • M.A., The George Washington University – Secondary Education (1964)
  • B.S., The George Washington University – Health & Physical Education (1963)

Dr. Reed has written and spoken widely on education, finance, management, governance, and the politics of education. He has served internationally and nationally as a consultant, conference leader, and keynote speaker on education and related subjects.