As the system's chief communications officer, Mike Wintemute works to increase awareness and enhance the reputation of TSUS and its member institutions. He also serves as executive director of the TSUS Foundation, a non-profit corporation that provides private financial support to the system and institutions.
Dr. Wintemute previously served as communications director for the Lieutenant Governor of Texas, deputy secretary of the California Resources Agency and Cal/EPA under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and press secretary for the California Republican Party during the gubernatorial recall election in 2003. Prior to this, he served as a communications consultant under four consecutive minority leaders in the California State Assembly.
Wintemute began his career as a news reporter in Northern California. He earned a bachelor's degree in Telecommunications from California State University, Fresno, a master's degree in Communication Studies from California State University, Sacramento, and a Ph.D. in Media and Communication from Texas Tech University.