College of Social Sciences


Charlie Reed

Charlie Reed
Dr. Charles B. Reed is chancellor emeritus of the 23-campus California State University system, the country’s largest system of higher education with nearly 450,000 students, 46,000 faculty and staff, and an annual budget of nearly five billion dollars.

As chancellor for 15 years, he improved access to the CSU, especially among students of color; emphasized excellence in academic programs; created the system’s first stand-alone doctoral degree; created strong accountability measures; strengthened teacher preparation; established a systemwide commitment to community service and civic engagement; developed stronger collaborations with K-12 schools through the CSU “How to Get to College” poster and the Early Assessment Program; partnered with the state’s leading industries; and provided the state with a well-educated workforce to meet California’s 21st century needs.

Before joining the California State University, Dr. Reed served as chancellor of the State University System of Florida and earlier, as chief of staff to the governor of Florida. He is married to Catherine Reed, has two children and five grandchildren.