Morales era begins at Cal State San Bernardino


There’s a new face in the president’s office at California State University, San Bernardino.

Tomás D. Morales

Tomás D. Morales

Tomás D. Morales officially began his tenure as CSUSB president Aug. 15. He is just the fourth president in the history of the university since it opened in 1965, following founding president John M. Pfau, Anthony H. Evans and Albert K. Karnig. Karnig retired earlier this month after guiding Cal State San Bernardino for the past 15 years.

The California State University Board of Trustees selected Morales as CSUSB’s next president in May. He had served as president of the College of Staten Island, The City University of New York (CUNY) since 2007.

“I am honored and excited to be here and to be able to lead such an outstanding university,” Morales said. “I salute Al Karnig for his remarkable legacy and leadership, and for advancing CSUSB as one of our region’s truly great universities.

“I especially look forward to working with our talented and dedicated staff, faculty and students as we build the university’s future together,” he said. “We have many obvious challenges ahead, but we know our most important contribution is to expanding the academic and social horizons of our students, ultimately transforming their lives and positively impacting the communities that we serve.”

From 2001 to 2007, Morales served in various capacities at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, including provost and vice president for academic affairs, vice president for student affairs and professor of education. While at Cal Poly Pomona, he established the Kellogg Honors College, realigned the division of academic affairs and played a key role in completing a $23 million expansion of the Bronco Student Center.

In addition, Morales helped faculty 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.

Prior to joining Pomona, Morales was vice president for student affairs and dean of students at The City College of New York/CUNY from 1994 to 2001. He provided strategic leadership, restructured the Student

Services Corporation and implemented a new student-centered model for the division of Student Affairs.

From 1992 to 1994, Morales was assistant dean of the School of Education at the State University of New York (SUNY), New Paltz.

He holds a B.A. in history from SUNY, 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.

Morales and his wife Evy have been married for 39 years. They have three grown children (sons Thomas and Omar Morales, daughter Amanda Jiminez) and three grandchildren (Isabella Rose Morales, Sophia Lily Morales and Danica Noelle Jiminez).

View an online video about Morales at “Welcome President Tomás D. Morales.”

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