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Tomás D. Morales named Cal State SB’s next president

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By BVN Staff Report 

California State University, San Bernardino Board of Trustees has named Tomás D. Morales as the replacement for retiring CSUSB President Dr. Albert K. Karnig.

A Thursday May 10 news release announcing Morales as president-elect highlighted his achievements and experience. He served as a three-term president of the College of Staten Island, The City University of New York, having served in various capacities at Cal Poly Pomona, including vice president for student affairs, provost and vice president for academic affairs, professor of education and principal deputy to the president.

In an e-mail from residing President Karnig, it was noted that Morales would be touring CSUSB “to get more acquainted with the CSUSB community and weigh both the opportunities and challenges to be treated in the coming years.”

“I am honored to have been selected to serve as the next president of Cal State San Bernardino," said Morales. "CSUSB is the foundation of opportunity for students, and I look forward to working with the outstanding, staff, faculty and students as we build on the university's future together." Morales, 58, was among the finalists for the position to succeed Karnig, who has served as CSUSB president since 1997. He is expected to begin his new position as president later this summer.

“Dr. Morales' strong leadership skills, accomplished academic record and articulated vision for the campus make him an excellent choice as the new president to lead Cal State San Bernardino," said CSU Trustee Debra Farar, chair of the presidential search committee.

He holds a B.A. in History from The State University of New York, New Paltz, and earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from SUNY, Albany. Having served as an educator and administrative leader in higher education for more than 32 years, he is one of the few higher education administrators in the United States who has held senior administrative positions at the three largest public university systems in the nation: the California State University, The State University of New York, and The City University of New York.

From 2001 to 2007, Morales served in various capacities at Cal Poly Pomona, including Vice President for Student Affairs, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, professor of education and Principal Deputy to the President. While at Cal Poly Pomona, he established a University Honors College, realigned the division of Academic Affairs and played a key role in completing a $23 million expansion of the Student Center. In addition, Morales helped faculty to secure a $3.5 million National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant to create a university-wide program for the recruitment and development of diverse faculty in the STEM fields. Morales also served as a principal investigator of a six-year $12 million comprehensive teacher reform grant from the U.S. Department of Education. CSUSB serves more than 20,000 students each year and graduates about 4,000 students annually.

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