Newswise — Timothy P. White, chancellor of the California State University, will be presented the 2019 Leadership Champion Award by Leadership California, whose mission is to increase the representation and influence of diverse women leaders across the state, at their annual Legacy of Leadership awards ceremony in May in Los Angeles. 

Each year, Leadership California recognizes women, companies, and, new in 2019, one man, who lead the way through civic, business and service achievement, while advancing and supporting women leaders. The new Leadership Champion award honors a man who champions women leaders and is dedicated to advancing women to leadership positions.

“Leadership California is honored to recognize Chancellor White, along with the other outstanding leaders, whose positive accomplishments have made an immeasurable impact on the opportunities for women in California,” said Dr. Margie Wheeler, President of Leadership California. “Chancellor White and the others leaders exemplify the leadership qualities we at Leadership California are committed to fostering in women leaders across the state through our programs. Leadership qualities that will move our participants from success to significance.”

“With the majority of our 23 campuses now led by women presidents, the California State University is an exemplar for our state and nation,” said White. “We take immense pride in serving the country’s most diverse group of students, and I am equally as proud that our leadership reflects the diversity of our students.”

Leadership California recently announced the honorees for the 2019 Legacy of Leadership awards. The other 2019 honorees are:

  • Legacy of Service Award: Gloria D. Gray, Chairwoman, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; Director, West Basin Municipal Water District
  • Community Leader Award: Dr. Lucy Jones, Founder, Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society
  • Trailblazer Award: Monica Lozano, President/CEO, College Futures Foundation
  • Trailblazer Award: Dr. Bernice Ledbetter, Director, Center for Women in Leadership, Pepperdine University
  • Corporate Leader Award: Southwest Airlines

The honorees will be recognized at the annual Legacy of Leadership celebration on May 6, 2019 at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza. Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available. 

“In today’s environment, we all must do more to ensure we are advancing and empowering women and there is equal opportunity for everyone. Support of Leadership California, and the Legacy of Leadership awards, recognizes the contributions made by the honorees as we continue to work towards achieving gender equality,” offered Dr. Wheeler.

For more information about the awards, sponsorships opportunities, and tickets to the celebration, please visit www.LeadershipCalifornia.orgor contact Jennifer Persike at [email protected]


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About Leadership California

Leadership California, through its flagship California Issues & Trends program, moves women from success to significance. The organization does this through its mission to increase the representation and influence of diverse women leaders across the state and inspire them to act on their knowledge of issues and cutting-edge trends facing California, the nation and the world.


About the California State University

The California State University is the largest system of four-year higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 52,000 faculty and staff and 481,000 students. Half of the CSU's students transfer from California community colleges. Created in 1960, the mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of California. With its commitment to quality, opportunity, and student success, the CSU is renowned for superb teaching, innovative research and for producing job-ready graduates. Each year, the CSU awards more than 125,000 degrees. One in every 20 Americans holding a college degree is a graduate of the CSU and our alumni are 3.7 million strong. Connect with and learn more about the CSU in the CSU NewsCenter.