Chancellor's Message

Dear Friends—

It is my pleasure to share with you many of our philanthropic successes this year and express my deepest appreciation for your continued support.

The stories in this year’s report are testaments to the dedication, commitment and generous leadership of our incredible donors and champions – like you – who share in the success of the California State University.

This year, we exceeded our own expectations – both in dollars and impact.

Comprehensive campaigns – like the Campaign for SDSU and Bold. Thinking. at San Francisco State – far surpassed their respective fundraising goals for the year. Numerous scholarships, programs, and research and academic enrichment funds were established across the CSU to enhance our educational mission, while endowed legacy gifts and estate commitments continue to build a path for excellence today and into the future.

I view these gifts as a larger story arc of this university.

I am convinced that the CSU and its 23 campuses stand as a beacon for diversity – of people, pedagogy and place. Yet, we all share one singular purpose: to give students access to possibility, leading to personal transformation and lasting impact for California.

We educate the full breadth of those who work and live in our golden state. We teach our students to think and create beyond the lab, library, studio and lecture hall – and apply learning in the neighborhoods, forests, deserts, fields, great cities and majestic coastlines that define California.

We encourage our students to be passionate, empathetic and forever curious. We ask them to be mindful of our planet, empathetic toward others, and consequential in their actions. We look to them to embody the Californian spirit.

I also wish to share with you what’s next on the horizon – and where your continued support and advocacy will be critical.

This past January, I committed our campuses to two audacious goals – to dramatically improve our four-year, six-year and transfer student graduation rates, while ensuring that every student, regardless of background, has the same opportunity to achieve and succeed.

I call it our Moon Shot. And like the Apollo missions that transfixed our world – and changed it in the process – Graduation Initiative 2025 is the CSU’s signature effort. It stands among the most audacious, intensive and forward-thinking undertakings in our six-decade-plus history.

Your continued support will be vital to its success. Your generosity will shape our efforts to ensure opportunity for all students, regardless of circumstance. Your leadership will define the story of the California State University for decades to come.

Last year, we asked our friends to join us as we advanced together. This year, we are looking to the horizon. Next year – with your continued support – we will go further than we ever have.

For California,

Timothy P. White