“Transforming Lives and Communities Through Higher Education” is being celebrated throughout the weekend of June 13-16 at California State University, San Bernardino, as the university commemorated the investiture of Dr. Tomás D. Morales as the fourth president in its 48-year history on Friday, June 14, on campus at Coussoulis Arena.
The Presidential Investiture ceremony, which is part of the university’s commencement weekend celebration, formally invested Morales as CSUSB’s fourth president. Morales has served as president of Cal State San Bernardino since August 2012.
In recognition of Morales’ commitment to public higher education and the role it plays in shaping the communities it serves, the theme of the Presidential Investiture is “Transforming Lives and Communities Through Higher Education.”
“We have had a wonderful year getting to know President Morales, and we truly appreciate how clearly he understands what faculty need in order to be able to provide a high quality education for our students,” said Jodie Ullman, CSUSB professor of psychology and chair of the Faculty Senate.
“Since Dr. Morales joined our university family he has truly exemplified what it means to be a leader,” said student James Walker, president of Associated Students Inc. “He has already faced many adverse challenges that he has handled with poise and strength. It is under his leadership that this university will continue to grow and prosper.”
Morales has served as an educator and administrative leader in higher education for more than 37 years, and 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.
The California State University Board of Trustees selected Morales as CSUSB’s president in May 2012, and he officially took office on 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 (1962-1982), Anthony H. Evans (1982-1997) and Albert K. Karnig (1997-2012).
Morales served as president of the College of Staten Island, The City University of New York (CUNY), from 2007 until his appointment at CSUSB.
From 2001 to 2007, Morales worked 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.
Prior to joining Pomona, Morales was vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students at The City College of New York/CUNY and 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.
Morales is actively involved with several national organizations. He is a Board Member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and will become the organization’s chair in 2014. He also was co-chair of AASCU’s National Task Force on College Readiness, which recently released the report, “Serving America’s Future: Increasing College Readiness,” a comprehensive examination that advocates approaches for public institutions to take.
In addition, Dr. Morales serves as vice chair of the Governing Board of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and he was elected to the board of directors of the American Council on Education through March 2016. He previously served on the Executive Committee of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, the American Council on Education’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Equity, and the National Information and Communication Technology Literacy Policy Council.
In May 2012, he was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters from his alma mater SUNY, New Paltz, where he was the featured commencement speaker. In recognition for his service to education and his passion for the sport, the baseball field at the College of Staten Island was named in his honor as the Tomás D. Morales Baseball Field.
His lifelong dedication to improving the access and quality of public higher education has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Distinguished Leader in Education award from Education Update; the Lifetime Achievement Award in Education from the New York League of Puerto Rican Women, Inc.; Effective Leadership Golden Age Award from the Latino Center on Aging; Latino Trendsetter Award at the United Nations; the IMAGEN Certificate Award from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; the Professional Achievement Award from Boricua College; the Hispanic Leadership Award from the Boy Scouts of America; the Outstanding Leadership in the Service of Youth Award by the National Honor Society at Susan E. Wagner High School; and the Louis R. Miller Award from the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce and Staten Island Advance.
Morales and his wife Evy have been married for 41 years. They have three grown children (sons Thomas and Omar Morales, daughter Amanda Jimenez) and three grandchildren (Isabella Rose Morales, Sophia Lily Morales and Danica Noelle Jimenez).
The Presidential Investiture took place at 9 a.m. today, Friday, June 14, at Coussoulis Arena. Cal State San Bernardino’s commencement exercises are being held throughout the weekend of June 13-16. On Thursday, June 13, the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus held its graduation ceremony at The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa in Rancho Mirage.
The university’s five academic colleges will each conduct their own commencement ceremonies at Coussoulis Arena on Saturday, June 15, and Sunday, June 16.
For more information, go to the Investiture of President Dr. Tomás D. Morales website where one may also RSVP for the event.
For more information, contact the Cal State San Bernardino Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.