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1: Tim and Karen, You have had an extraordinarily positive impact on UCR in many ways, and from my vantage point, one area stands out. Each of you has demonstrated an exceptionally high degree of compassion for our students and your involvement with them has greatly enhanced the UCR student experience. Staff across the Division of Student Affairs share your orientation toward students and the value that you have placed on our efforts has made our work much more fulfilling. Thank you for being two wonderful leaders and caring so much about UCR and its students. I wish you the best. VC Jim Sandoval

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5: Dear Chancellor White: The 400 career staff and 800 students employed in Housing, Dining and Residential Services thank you for all that you have done for the University of California, Riverside, and wish you all the best as Chancellor for the California State University system. Even though your time with us has been brief, the impacts you have made on UCR will take us into a bright future. Your leadership, warmth, and care will be missed; but your legacy will be with UCR forever. There are some of us who have children and relatives enrolled at one of the many CSU Campuses; so even though we will no longer be working for you, we are thankful that you will be working for us! All the best to you and your family!! With Highlander Pride and Many Thanks, The Staff of Housing, Dining & Residential Services | Move In

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8: Dear Chancellor White, We would like to thank you for the wonderful years you have led our university. It has been awhile since we had a Chancellor actually step foot in our office. From the time you came in and played Dance Central with a few of our students to the time you and your wife came by to offer cookies during Finals Week, we were always honored to have you visit us. We were extremely saddened by the announcement that you were leaving UCR. However, we are appreciative of the impact and legacy you leave on our campus. Good luck and we will sincerely miss you! - Students and Staff of Asian Pacific Student Programs | Dear Chancellor White, The Financial Aid Office wishes you and Dr. Karen White a successful journey as you embark on your next venture. You are truly a remarkable leader. UCR was very fortunate to have a leader with great qualities you have demonstrated during your tenure. You genuinely care for people. It was a great pleasure having you as the leader of this campus. You have left a remarkable imprint on students, staff, faculty, and the community. You will be greatly missed here at UCR. The Financial Aid Office | Chancellor White and his family will be thoroughly missed. The Women’s Resource Center both enjoyed and appreciated Chancellor White’s leadership and his family’s support of the institution. They leave a legacy inimitable. The Women’s Resource Center Adrienne Sims, Director Romanie Arterberry, Student Affairs Officer

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10: Dear Chancellor White, Your support and efforts have made a significant impact on our work in the Native American community on and off campus. We will truly miss your engagement and sincere efforts in creating pathways for our Native American youth, families, UCR students, alumni, staff and faculty. On behalf of Native American Student Programs and the Native American Student Association, we wish you and your family the best! Respectfully, Josh Gonzales, Director of Native American Student Programs

12: Power of the Peers End of the Year Banquet | Thank you for your leadership, vision, and exemplary support, especially for our student veterans. You both have made a remarkable difference here on our campus, and your shoes will be hard to fill. I am truly blessed to have known you, even briefly. – Chryssa Jones, Student Special Services | In times where adversity persists, you have continued to lead with strength and poise. We are not losing a Chancellor but gaining a leader whose presence will transcend institutions. You will be missed but still loved fellow Highlander! -- La Tonya Young | Chancellor and Dr. Karen White, On behalf of the Association of Veterans and Servicemembers (AVS) please accept our deepest gratitude for your support of student veterans and service members. We are sorry to learn of your leaving but are certain that your legacy at UCR will live on. We attribute many of the gains we have made at the school directly to you, Dr. White, and cannot thank you enough. We wish you both the best. Sincerely, AVS | Dear Drs. White, Over the recent years I have come to know your family, the generosity and love that comes forth from it. I was honored to be apart of the Operation Freedom scholarship and will always hold near to me the honor such achievement brings. But even more so, it's the friendship that was built through you and the veterans affairs office, the out pouring of respect and reverence you gave all of us veterans is priceless and will remain near and dear to me always. May God bless you in your new journey and may you be a light to all where-ever you go. Thank you for your friendship and love! Ecclesiastes 4:9–12: Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. Respectfully, Matthew Hurd | Sergeant Thomas Nizami, graduate of SOBA class 2011: I wish the best for you and your family chancellor! Continue to lead by example and never forget about your students and veterans, whom will always be the most important but also enriching part of your job. Semper Fi!

13: Operation Education Scholars | Dear Tim and Karen, It has been an absolute honor to work with you and get to know you over the last four years. Your presence has had a profound impact on UCR. Chancellor, in my many years at UCR, I have never before seen the campus unite behind a leader in the way it has with you. You have made each of us feel important and valued, and have spurred us to do our best. Karen, I can’t possibly thank you enough for your dedication and leadership on behalf of veterans and students with disabilities. It has been a great adventure to work with you on UCR’s Operation Education program. I know that our veterans will continue to benefit greatly in the years to come because of the light you have shone on their needs and their potential. I wish you all the best as you transition to your new roles and community. Please know that you will remain in our hearts always. Lenita Kellstrand | Dearest Chancellor and Dr. White, I cannot express in words how sad I am that you are leaving UCR but I want to thank you so much for the difference you have made. When I started here at UCR, I felt invisible and I didn't even know who the Chancellor was at the time. When the two of you came to UCR, I watched the transformation with my own eyes and I can't express how grateful I am for your support for veterans and service members on our campus. Thank you so much for the work the both of you have done. UCR has truly been blessed by your presence and I'm sure the California State University system will definitely experience the same. Best wishes! Most sincerely, Sharon Kang

14: As a staff member and alumna of the GSOE M.Ed. program, Chancellor White has always been supportive and very encouraging. Not only did he support student efforts within African Student Programs, he also motivated me as a student to excel academically, as he has for many of our students. Our student leaders have felt very comfortable and right at home with Chancellor White, feeling empowered under his leadership to approach him with issues they experienced as Black students at UC Riverside. At the first Black Graduation that Chancellor White attended, we casually asked him to shake each graduates hand that crossed the stage. While this was not in our original request, he did with a smile and without hesitation. That's just the kind of person he is; they kind of person you feel comfortable walking up to and engaging in casual conversation, the kind of leader who will smile at all students while walking across campus, the kind of person who incorporates his family into his speeches. In my time here as an undergrad, a grad student and now as a professional, I have never heard of any student or staff praise and speak so highly of any other Chancellor. In my professional development, academic and career goals, he was always willing to offer sage advice or an encouraging word. He helped me realize my potential. At my M.Ed. commencement, he gave me a hug and told me that he was proud of me. For all of this, I truly appreciate Chancellor White. He has made me feel valued and very happy to be on the UCR team! I am proud to call Chancellor White OUR ChancellorMY Chancellor. He has definitely made a significant contribution to this campus. He leaves behind some huge shoes to fill but he is irreplaceable. His leadership has always been and will continue to be exceptional and he will be deeply missed. Thank you for everything, Tim White. Rhiannon Little Student Affairs Officer, African Student Programs

15: There are several epic moments in time that I will never forget. For all of us we can recall certain sounds, smells, emotions, tastes that bring us back to an exact date and time. The following are epic moments in time that I will never forget: August 28, 1963 as a 4 year old watching Martin Luther King, Jr. deliver his “I Have a Dream” speech November 22, 1963 as a 4 year old watching my mother in the living room crying because President Kennedy was just assassinated February 9, 1964 as a 5 year old watching the Ed Sullivan announce the Beatles live on his show July 20, 1969 as a 10 year old watching the Apollo 11 moon landing with my mom, dad and sister May 11, 1981 as a 22 year old having my friend bring me the news that Bob Marley died November 9, 1989 as a 30 year old at home witnessing the Berlin Wall come down February 27, 1990 as a 30 year old watching the release of Nelson Mandela after spending 27 years as a political prisoner September 11, 2001 as a 42 year old watching the Twin Towers fall November 4, 2008 as a 49 year old witnessing history in HUB 302 as Barak Obama was announced the 44th president of the United States October 4, 2012 as a 53 year old working at home when I read an email announcing Chancellor White was leaving UCR to head up the CSUS All of these epic moments in time have help shape my perspective regarding life. I will never be able to express in words what I felt in these epic moments. Sadness, anger, pride, hope, inspiration are a few of the emotions that are associated with the above epic moments in time. The most recent event that took place on October 4 is without question an emotion filled with extreme pride. I am proud to have had the opportunity to serve under the extraordinary leadership of Chancellor Timothy P. White. I appreciate all that he has done for our campus and will never forget his love and concern for our students and our department. Sincerely, Ken Simons, Director - African Student Programs

16: Staff Assembly Garden Clean Up Project | NASPA Awards | Dear Chancellor White, We will truly miss working with you here at UCR. Your impact on our campus and students has been immeasurable, and in my ongoing interactions with students they have often stated that they will truly miss having you and your leadership at our university. The Cal State system is fortunate to have such a great leader who cares about staff, faculty, and students; and I know your impact there will continue to reach new heights. I personally enjoyed getting to know you and working with you as a staff member and member of the Alumni Association. We will miss you here and will always remember the impact you had on the campus in driving us forward during these tough economic times. Thank you so much for everything. Deepak Sharma, Student Affairs Peer Coordinator, The Well

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19: Thank you for being such a strong champion for community and diversity at UCR, and for inspiring the courage to reach across differences to stand on common ground. Best wishes in all your endeavors as you continue to stand with us to promote learning, compassion, and respect. From the Staff and Students of UCR’s Diversity Initiatives and the Common Ground Collective

22: Dear Chancellor White, The campus has only benefited from your leadership during your time at UCR. We as a department will miss you, but the students we serve will miss you as well. You have a passion for recognizing students and their individual experiences, and you have truly made a difference in the lives of UCR students and staff. We appreciate your focus on student success and your support for student involvement and engagement on our campus. So many students have been touched by your personal generosity of giving your time or lending your ear to hear their concerns. We can only hope that the next Chancellor will continue to live the promise and uphold the high standards you have set for student support and student engagement. Thank you for your leadership and your continued support; you will be dearly missed. We in Student Life wish you and your family the best of luck and continued success!

23: Chancellor's Dinner | Dear Chancellor White, During your time at UC Riverside I appreciated the opportunity to learn, grow and be inspired by your leadership. Whether you were stopping by a wellness program, visiting our student peer mentors, or popping in my office for a quick hello with your puppy you were always present, interested and excited to spend time with The Well students and staff. I wish you the best of luck with your new adventure. Jennifer Miller, Director, The Well

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25: Thank you for all you have done for the University as Chancellor. We’re happy to have been able to open the WELL during your tenure and offer numerous programs with your support. Lastly, thank you for the weekly letters! We appreciate The CSU is very fortunate you have you all. Oronne Wami, Health Educator, The Well

26: Dear Chancellor White, I would like to express gratitude for what you have brought to UCR. You were only here a short four years, but what a difference you made! Your transparent, focused and empathetic leadership style helped this campus community navigate through so many different and complex issues. In both my direct and indirect contact with you, it was clear that while you had high expectations, it was not just because you cared about UCR and what you were trying to achieve, but you also cared about the people involved and their experience. You sought out and told the stories of many here at UCR through your Friday letters which let everyone know they were being heard. Colleagues at other campuses were in awe we had a Chancellor that would dare to go out and talk to students during protests. As a member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on LGBTs, I can attest your support as an Ally of the LGBT community spoke loudly on this campus. For LGBT-identified students, faculty, and staff, the campus felt a bit safer knowing that we had an Ally leader who not only understood but wanted to further understand LGBT persons on campus. This is indicative of your advocacy whether it is for the diversity, students or UCR itself. You have done so many amazing things in such a short period of time, one wonders what could have been done with more time under your leadership. Now we get to see what happens with our CSU counterparts! Best wishes on the next step of your journey. With much appreciation, Laura Riley Director, Student Conduct & Academic Integrity Programs

27: International Student Orientation | Dear Chancellor White, On behalf of my colleagues at the International Education Center I would like to thank you for your leadership and tremendous service to UC Riverside. You have inspired us to truly live the promise of our campus, and to engage our students, staff, and faculty in that promise every day. We are especially thankful for the dedication and support you and Dr. Karen White have shown to UCR’s international and study abroad students. From welcoming new international students at our fall orientation(s) to opening your home to celebrate with our students about to live and learn abroad, you have demonstrated time and time again that the emphasis on internationalization in the UCR 2020 Strategic Plan is more than words. It is a personal commitment to cultivating global citizens and building bridges of understanding and knowledge in our world. We are thrilled that California will continue to benefit from your continued leadership in higher education. Best wishes to you and your family as you move into your new role. With gratitude, Karen McComb Interim Director, UCR International Education Center

28: Dear Chancellor White and Dr. Karen White, When asked for something pithy to add to our farewell, one of our VCSA Technology teammates submitted the note below, which we thought we would share as an apt tribute to your impact and our cheery outlook for your futures. "Living the promise." The phrase affected me because I am an example of "living the promise." A much humbler example compared to Chancellor's story, but still a very successful one. I grew up in Turkey. I was from a low-income family. Neither of my parents finished middle school. They valued education very much, especially because they did not have the chance to get more education when they were growing up. Thanks to my parents and the public school system in Turkey, I passed entrance exams at each step. I was able to attend the highest-ranking public middle school and high school in my hometown. Then, I was able to get into one of the top ranking colleges in Turkey. I am the first in my core family to attend college. My engineering degree opened many doors not only for me but also for my family. Shortly after graduation, I was able to find a great job at a great company. This allowed me to financially support both my family and myself. My experience motivated my younger siblings to attend college. Both of them ended up getting four-year degrees. When we moved to US for my husband's grad school, my education enabled me to find a job. My husband got his PhD from UCSB, another public college. His tuition was covered by scholarships. Now we both work at UCR. He is teaching our students. I am supporting the systems that serve our students. These students are walking the steps that Chancellor and I walked at their age. These students are living the promise. It means a lot to me to be working at UCR, a public college, helping so many kids with a similar background to mine. It means a lot to me to have a Chancellor who has been through a similar path as mine. Together we are making a difference in so many lives. I am very saddened that he is leaving UCR. Nevertheless, I am glad that he is going to continue to help more students to live the promise. On behalf of the VCSA Technology Services Team, thank you and good shepherding. You will be missed. Warm Regards, VCSA Technology Services | Career Center Staff

29: As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. - Bill Gates Empower is exactly what Chancellor White did for our campus – we are honored and blessed to be led by such a distinguished and accomplished individual. Thank you for selflessly dedicating yourself to UC Riverside and empowering us to be that much better. You will truly be missed, not only as an amazing leader but also as a wonderful person! -Career Center | It has truly been a pleasure for the Dining Services team to be a part of your time here at UCR. We will all miss you and your lovely family, but we know that you will continue to provide amazing leadership in your new role and that you will continue to have an even greater positive impact on our education system. My team has often commented about what a humble and loving person you are, along with being brilliant, and we all feel our lives are a little richer for having shared this time at UCR with you. Best wishes. Cheryl Garner, Dining Services

30: Estimado Chancellor White On behalf of Chicano Student Programs we would like to say Muchisimas Gracias for your support of our department and our students. Your unwavering commitment to the Chicano/Latino student population was inspiring. You represented the spirit of our office: Familia, Ogullo, and Corazon. Buena Suerte son los deseos de Chicano Student Programs.

31: Maya Angelou Event | Chancellor White, Since 2008 you have been an invaluable asset to the entire UCR community, and as sad as we are to see you go, we are just as proud to know that you will be the Chancellor of CSU. We wish you and your family all the best. The Highlander Union

32: Dear Chancellor White, On behalf of Undergraduate Admissions, I would like to extend to you a heartfelt thank you on behalf of our entire office for the vast contributions and unmatched legacy you will be leaving the UC Riverside campus. You have set the bar for the level of leadership our campus deserves as we set our eyes on moving the 2020 Strategic Plan forward. Your interaction and engagement with the campus community, Riverside community, state of California, as well your influence at a global level, have worked to the advantage of Undergraduate Admissions. Your engagement with these various audiences have helped to elevate UC Riverside’s name and reputation, which in turn has made the recruitment of future undergraduate students to our campus an attractive and obvious sell. Make no mistake about it: your contributions to our campus will not soon fade! In fact, my crystal ball predicts quite the opposite. If I am lucky enough to remain a part of the vibrant UCR community 20 years from now, I imagine the up and coming leaders of that generation will look back on your tenure and remember it as a vital positive turning point in the evolution of UCR. The California State University system is extremely lucky to have you guiding their ship. While your departure is an extreme loss for UC Riverside, I look forward to seeing the legacy you leave with CSU. Although you don’t need it, a little bit of luck never hurt anyone, so I will conclude by wishing you the best of luck with this new chapter of your career! Sincerely, and with best wishes, Emily Engelschall Acting Director, Undergraduate Admissions

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