Charles Reed, chancellor of the California State University System for the past 14 years, announced Thursday that he's retiring as it and other state-supported higher education institutions cope with severe budget cuts.
Reed, who came to California after 13 years as chancellor of Florida's state university system, didn't cite money woes as the reason for retiring, but did allude to them in his announcement.
"Our campuses have continued to flourish even in the face of budgetary challenges and tremendous growth, he said. "Throughout my time here, the CSU has grown by more than 100,000 students, and I have been honored to sign more than a million diplomas. I take great pride in the CSU's mission to serve California's students, and I am proud to have played a role in carrying out that mission during these critical years."
As state aid has dwindled in recent years, CSU, the University of California and the state's community colleges have reduced class offerings and raised fees. CSU has been hammered in recent weeks by controversy over raising the salaries of top administrators while increasing students' costs.
Photo Credit: Charles Reed in 2009. Hector Amezcua/The Sacramento Bee