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For the first time in 16 years, Cal State San Bernardino will start a new academic year with a new president at the helm.

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New CSUSB President Tomas D. Morales assists a student moving onto campus on Sept. 16. Fall quarter classes begin on Thursday, Sept. 20. Photo: Robert A. Whitehead/CSUSB

Tomás D. Morales is just the fourth president in the history of Cal State San Bernardino since it opened in 1965. Morales follows founding president John M. Pfau, Anthony H. Evans and Albert K. Karnig, who retired in August after guiding Cal State San Bernardino for the past 15 years.

Morales, 59, leads a campus where more than 17,000 students are expected to attend classes this fall at Cal State San Bernardino and its Palm Desert Campus.

The university will begin the 2012-2013 academic year with a new dean in the College of Natural Sciences. Kirsten Fleming, who assumed her new duties as the head of the college in August, was the executive director of the Kentucky Center for Mathematics and professor of mathematics at Northern Kentucky University.

CSUSB’s University Advancement Division is also under new leadership as Ron Fremont has been named the division vice president and will oversee Cal State San Bernardino’s development, alumni affairs and public affairs departments. Fremont, who currently serves as the associate vice president for university relations at Cal Poly Pomona, will join the campus on Oct. 1.

With the start of the new school year, Cal State San Bernardino has received a number of awards and recognitions, including recognition as one of the nation’s “Great Colleges to Work For,” according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. The Chronicle’s fifth annual report on The Academic Workplace based its results on a survey of more than 46,000 employees at 294 colleges and universities.

The university has once again been recognized among America’s best colleges by three of the nation’s leading educational service organizations. U.S. News & World Report has ranked CSUSB 17th on its list of top regional public universities in the West and 54th among all universities in the West region in its 2013 America’s Best Colleges guidebook.

In August, Cal State San Bernardino was selected by The Princeton Review as one of its “Best in the West” colleges and universities, and it also made the Forbes list of “America’s Best Colleges.”

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Students move in at Cal State San Bernardino on Sept. 16. Photo: Robert A. Whitehead/CSUSB

CSUSB was one of only nine schools honored nationally, and the only university in California, by University Business magazine as a “Model of Efficiency” award winner. The university also was recognized on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the sixth straight year and in October, Cal State San Bernardino will be one of just five recipients of The Washington Center’s prestigious 2012 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award. And CSUSB was recognized as a Military Friendly School for the third straight year.

Earlier this year, “Sierra” magazine named Cal State San Bernardino one of “America’s Coolest Schools,” and StateUniversity.com ranked CSUSB as the second safest among 33 public college and university campuses in California.

This year the CSUSB President’s Academic Excellence Scholarship program will welcome another 30 new freshmen to the program. The highly successful program rewards the top 1 percent of San Bernardino County high school students who elect to attend Cal State San Bernardino. More than 300 students have accepted the prestigious scholarship since the program began in 2002.

The Collegiate Learning Assessment, a meaningful study on the value added by a college education, reported that Cal State San Bernardino ranks at the 96th percentile – or top 4 percent – in the nation. First-to-second year student retention rates reached record levels, as nearly 90 percent of all CSUSB first-time freshman students returned to the university – a level that is among the best in the 23-campus California State University system.

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Students move their belongings into Cal State San Bernardino’s campus housing on Sept. 16. Photo: Robert A. Whitehead/CSUSB

The fall quarter runs through Dec. 7 and concludes with December graduation ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 8. The winter 2012 quarter begins on Monday, Jan. 7 (Jan. 5 for Saturday classes), and concludes on March 22. The spring term opens on April 2 (March 30 for Saturday classes) and ends on June 14. The traditional June commencement will feature several ceremonies over the weekend of June 13-16.

For more information, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.