Coyote Communiqué – January 16, 2014

DA2G5812_360x240Welcome to all of our students, faculty and staff, as well as Cal State San Bernardino alumni, friends and loyal supporters, as we ring in the new year. Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2014.
It was just a month ago that we were celebrating the achievements of CSUSB’s newest group of proud graduates. Without exception, sharing a few moments with our students as they walked across the stage to receive their college degree was an incredibly moving experience for me, and I am proud to have once again been part of what was truly a life-changing event for most of the more than 800 students who participated in our December commencement ceremonies. Please take a moment to enjoy the graduation, as captured in this slideshow by our photographers Robert Whitehead and Corinne McCurdy.

The start of the new year typically marks a season of change, and the university welcomes more new faces and wishes other longtime family members the best in their new endeavors. In late October, we welcomed Beth Brenner as our new associate vice president for development. Beth joined us from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she served in a variety of philanthropic positions. Cindi Pringle filled the position for the past year on an interim basis following her retirement in December 2012.

Before the end of the year, we said farewell to Associate Vice President for Information Technology Services Lorraine Frost, who started at CSUSB as a student in 1975 and worked on campus from 1980 through this past December. Twice she very capably served as CSUSB’s interim vice president for Information Technology, and we wish her well in her new role as the chief information officer at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles.

Best wishes, too, to Jim Monaghan, Assistant Vice President for Academic Technologies and Distributed Learning, who is taking over as the new Provost at John Paul the Great Catholic University in San Diego.

Fred Jandt, who has served as the Dean of our Palm Desert Campus since August 2003 and has been largely responsible for the campus’s tremendous growth over the past decade, announced that he is retiring as Dean on Jan. 31. Fred has been a remarkable asset for CSUSB and our Palm Desert Campus, and the PDC has elevated into one of the gems of the California State University system, thanks to his tireless efforts.

Sid Robinson, our Associate Vice President for Public Affairs for nearly 12 years, will be leaving at the end of January to join The 20/20 Network, a Southern California-based communications firm specializing in media and community relations, branding, strategic planning and crisis management.

And Milton Clark, Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies and our interim Chief Diversity Officer, announced that he intends to retire in December 2014. Milton has been at Cal State San Bernardino since 1972, when he was a student who eventually earned his bachelor’s degree in English. He has served on the faculty at CSUSB since 1978 and became Dean of Undergraduate Studies in 1998.

I want to personally wish all of our longtime CSUSB family members success as they leave the university. We are proud to always consider them Coyotes.

As we look ahead to this year and beyond, plans are starting to formulate for Cal State San Bernardino’s 50th Anniversary celebration, which will officially kick off in fall 2015. I’ll share more details in my next video message later this month.

Thank you again for your invaluable support of Cal State San Bernardino, and Happy New Year.


Tomás D. Morales