[caption id="attachment_85579" align="alignright" width="280"] Timothy White[/caption]
The chancellor of the California State University system, Timothy P. White, will deliver the keynote address at the annual Sonoma State University Economic Outlook Conference on Feb. 19 at the new SSU Student Center ballroom.
The conference, from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m., is co-hosted by the Business Journal, the SSU School of Business and Economics and Bank of America/Merrill Lynch.
"This will be a rare opportunity to hear from the leader of the largest four-year system of higher education in the United States," said Business Journal Publisher Brad Bollinger. "California's system of higher education is fundamental to the state's economic innovation and the success of our businesses. But that interrelationship is under threat. The challenge is how do we keep it strong and make it even stronger."
In addition to Dr. White's keynote, Robert Eyler, PhD, director of the Center for Regional Economic Analysis at SSU, will present his highly anticipated annual forecast for the national, state and North Bay economy. He has been presenting his forecasts for nearly two decades at the conference, which has become a benchmark event for the North Bay. A third element of the morning will be a panel of the region's leading CEOs and business leaders addressing the 2020 workforce.
[caption id="attachment_69819" align="alignleft" width="250"] Rob Eyler[/caption]
"Rob has forecasting tools and data no one else has on the current and future trends in the North Bay economy," Mr. Bollinger said. "This is the one time to hear about the outlook for 2014 that will help you in your business decision making throughout the year."
As chancellor, Dr. White oversees 23 campuses, nearly 437,000 students, and 44,000 faculty and staff. The CSU, which spans the entire state of California, has an annual budget of more than $5 billion. It is one of the most diverse and most affordable university systems in the country.