California: Higher ed remembers the 'tenacious' Charles B. Reed

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Former California State University Chancellor Charles B. Reed died Tuesday at age 75. 

While serving as chancellor from 1998 to 2012, Reed worked to bolster teacher training programs and enroll more:

  • Low-income students;
  • Underrepresented minorities; and
  • Veterans.

By the time he retired, Reed helped increase enrollment from 100,000 to 427,000 students.

Reed was known for his blunt speaking style and for being a "tenacious, passionate champion of higher education," said the university's current chancellor, Timothy White.

"Charlie Reed's leadership was guided by his strong commitment to improving higher education opportunities for underserved students," said Erik E. Skinner, interim California Community Colleges Chancellor, in a statement. "His passion and vision will be missed" (Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, 12/6; Edwards, Long Beach Press-Telegram, 12/6). 

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