Incoming CSUSB President Morales named Distinguished Leader In Education


Tomás D. Morales, who will officially begin his duties as the next president of California State University, San Bernardino in August, was presented the Distinguished Leader in Education award at the Harvard Club in New York City this week from Education Update newspaper.

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Incoming CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales with Christine Cea, president of the College of Staten Island Foundation Board. Morales was presented the Distinguished Leader in Education award from Education Update newspaper.

Morales was honored by the newspaper’s publishers, Pola Rosen and Adam Sugarman, for his five years of transformative leadership at The City University of New York’s College of Staten Island, the only institution of public higher education in the borough, serving more than 14,000 students.

His award from Education Update comes on the heels of successfully guiding the College of Staten Island through the Middle States reaccreditation process, with the college earning commendations in 12 out of 14 assessment areas.

“In his continued quest for excellence, Dr. Morales created a scholarship program to attract valedictorians and salutatorians from high schools in our area … and these numbers have also grown, as has participation in the Macaulay Honors College,” said Christine Cea, president of the College of Staten Island Foundation Board, in presenting the award to Morales. “The student population has grown in diversity, and I am told the college has one of the best support programs for students with disabilities in the entire in CUNY system. In all, the student college experience has grown to include a robust undergraduate research program, participation at professional conferences, and expanded opportunities for community service and study abroad.”

Morales also succeeded in inaugurating four new honor societies, and developing and implementing a new strategic plan at the College of Staten Island. He is scheduled to begin as president at Cal State San Bernardino in mid August.

“As Dr. Morales takes his leave in August, he can do so knowing that he has accomplished what he set out to do – make the College of Staten Island a center for excellence in scholarship and civic mindedness,” added Cea. “Thank you for your passionate leadership and the vision that you brought to the college and to our Staten Island community.”

“These accomplishments come about due to the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff and their invaluable contributions to the process,” said Morales as he accepted the award.

Education Update and its publishers have been honoring Outstanding Educators and their contributions to the students of New York City for the past nine years. This year, Morales was joined by fellow honorees Jay Hershenson, senior vice chancellor, CUNY; Jennifer Raab, president, Hunter College; and Charlotte K. Frank, senior vice president, McGraw-Hill.

For more information, contact Ken Bach at the College of Staten Island at, or contact the Cal State San Bernardino Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit