About the President

Tomás D. Morales was selected as the president of California State University, San Bernardino in May 2012. He is the university’s fourth president since it opened in 1965.

Previously, Morales was president of the College of Staten Island, The City University of New York (CUNY), since 2007.

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 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 serves on the American Association of State Colleges and Universities as a Board member and Co-chair of its National Task Force on College Readiness, the Executive Committee of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, the American Council on Education’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Equity, the Governing Board and as Secretary to the Board of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and has served on the National Information and Communication Technology Literacy Policy Council.

In New York, Morales was actively involved in the educational and economic development of the community. He was appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to the New York City Panel on Educational Policy, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Staten Island Foundation, SINY Inc., the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, and A Vision for Staten Island. He also was a member of the Staten Island Academy Board of Trustees, and an Ambassador with the Immigrant Entrepreneur Program of the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation.

In May 2012, he was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters from his alma mater New Paltz, where he was the featured commencement speaker. In recognition for his service to education and his passion for the sport, the CUNY Board of Trustees approved a resolution to name the baseball field at the College of Staten Island as the Tomás D. Morales Baseball Field in June 2012.

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.

Tomás 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).