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RP BILL LOCKYER 4.JPGIf California Treasurer Bill Lockyer runs for public office again, in 2014, it will likely be for state controller.

But a more immediate opening may have piqued his curiosity.

Lockyer, 71, has privately expressed interest in potentially becoming chancellor of the California State University system, according to a source who is familiar with the search process but not authorized to speak publicly about it. It is unclear how serious the former state attorney general and longtime legislator is about the job.

Lockyer spokesman Tom Dresslar declined to comment beyond writing in an email Wednesday, "There's nothing to talk about."

Chancellor Charles Reed announced his retirement on May 24, and the CSU board's search committee has launched its efforts. The university system includes 23 universities and some 427,000 students.

A chancellorship would likely pay multiples of Lockyer's current salary, just more than $139,000. Last year, the CSU chancellor was paid $421,500, plus $30,000 from the CSU Foundation.

In December 2010, after being elected to his second term as treasurer, Lockyer opened a campaign account to run for state controller in 2014. At the time, Dresslar said, "If Lockyer decides to continue in public service after his term as treasurer expires, state controller is the office he is interested in seeking."

PHOTO CREDIT: Treasurer Bill Lockyer speaks to the Sacramento Press Club on June 21. The Sacramento Bee/Randy Pench


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