Steve Relyea has been executive vice chancellor and chief financial officer for the California State University since April 2014. In 2022, he served briefly as acting chancellor from February through April.
Relyea's responsibilities include the development and management of the CSU's $6 billion budget. He oversees the allocation of fiscal resources and the management of fiscal accountability, including financial reporting, treasury, debt, investments, risk management, public safety and university auxiliary enterprises. Relyea also leads the capital planning, design and construction and the information technology initiatives of the university.
Prior to joining the CSU, Relyea served as vice chancellor of External and Business Affairs at the University of California, San Diego. Relyea had a unique position in the UC system. He directed philanthropic support, relationships with donors, foundations and alumni while managing the business functions of the university including finance, human resources and information technology.
Relyea was previously associate dean for administration at the UC Irvine School of Medicine. In addition to being responsible for the school's business functions, he managed the physician practice plan, affiliations with community hospitals and information technology.
Relyea has been recognized as the Distinguished Business Officer of the Year by the National Association of College and University Business Officers and has received the Individual Achievement of the Year Award from the California Center for Sustainable Energy. He is also a winner of the Quality Cup Award from the Rochester Institute of Technology and USA Today. In 2016, Relyea was recognized by the California State Student Association (CSSA) as administrator of the year.
Relyea has served on many governing boards. They include Internet2, the La Jolla Playhouse, Centre City Development Corporation, EDUCAUSE, Better Business Bureau of San Diego and the Gemological Institute of America.