Longtime CSUSB administrator Lorraine Frost to retire while daughter graduates


One of Cal State San Bernardino’s longest-serving employees is packing her bags and retiring from the university at the end of the year.

And she’s taking her daughter with her.

Lorraine Frost

Lorraine Frost

CSUSB Associate Vice President for Information Technology Services Lorraine Frost, whose career at the university as both a student and employee dates back to 1975, is retiring this month and will begin a new chapter in her life as the chief information officer at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles.

Her daughter Andrea graduated, Dec. 7, with both a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a B.A. in criminal justice with an emphasis in crime analysis, while also minoring in geography. She also earned certificates in archaeology and in geographic information systems (GIS).

She participated in the morning ceremony for CSUSB’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and College of Business and Public Administration at 8:45 a.m. at Coussoulis Arena.

Lorraine Frost served two terms as CSUSB’s interim vice president for information technology, among her many positions over the past 33 years, including 22 years at the management level.

“I’m both excited and sad about leaving the campus,” said Frost. “Many of my colleagues have become a part of my extended family. But I’m excited about the new prospects ahead for both me and my daughter, Andrea. After graduating from CSUSB this December, Andrea will pursue field work and a graduate program in anthropology at another institution, and I plan to continue working in higher education within the information technology field.”

She will begin her new position at Mount St. Mary’s on Monday, Jan, 6, overseeing the technology infrastructure of both the Doheny and Chalon campuses.

“I’ve accepted the position of chief information officer at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, and their mission aligns so well with my life goals:  superior education, building leadership skills and fostering a spirit to serve others, especially in young women,” Frost added.  “Andrea and I have much to be thankful for and so much to look forward to.”

Andrea enrolled at CSUSB in fall of 2008, and during the five years she was on campus, she says she and her mother forged a tight bond.

“She went from just being my mother to being my confidant and best friend,” Andrea said. “Now our tracks are separating, but we will always have our time together at Cal State that solidified our bonds.  My mom is my hero and I will always strive to do the right thing and make her proud.”

The Frosts’ departure will not only be a major transition in their lives, but will mean a changing of the guard at CSUSB.

“Lorraine Frost has spent most of her life going to school and working at Cal State San Bernardino, and she will leave a lasting legacy as a respected and appreciated member of our university community,” said CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales. “The CSUSB family is sad to say goodbye to one of our most loyal and valuable leaders, but we wish her the best in retirement and are very grateful for her many years of extraordinary service.”

Frost, from Phelan, started at CSUSB as a student in 1975, and after earning both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology, she started working at the university in 1980 as a computer programmer and system analyst. In the years that followed, she also earned a teaching credential and a certificate in computers and programming, along with a second bachelor’s degree in computer science.

Frost was first named interim vice president for Information Resources and Technology in 2005 after the previous division vice president, William Aguilar, moved to another position on campus. She led the IRT division until August 2007, when Spencer Freund was hired as the vice president. Following Freund’s retirement at the end of 2010, Frost again moved to the interim vice president’s role, which she held until the permanent appointment of Samuel Sudhakar this past summer.

After she was first hired in 1980, Frost worked as a computer programmer, assistant systems software specialist, associate systems analyst, interim director of operations and telecommunications, assistant director of administrative computing, associate director of systems and programming, director of systems and programming, and director of administrative computing services, in addition to her AVP and interim vice presidential positions.

In her leadership roles, Frost has been responsible for overseeing the university’s accessible technology initiative and the implementation of an emergency communications and notification system. She also has been responsible for disaster recovery and business continuity activities that relate to campus technology.

Frost was honored with a Global Excellence Award as the Outstanding Leader of the Year in the Security Industry in 2012. Due in large part from her efforts, the Information Security Systems Association named CSUSB the Organization of the Year in 2012. In addition, the university was recognized by University Business Magazine as a Model of Efficiency for its deployment of a new scholarship management program.

Frost was also very active in organizing the annual SecureIT conference for information security in higher education, serving as planning chair for the event for the past eight years.

In 2012, she was recognized as a “Woman of Distinction by Assembly Member Mike Morrell.

For more information, contact the Cal State San Bernardino Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.