Tomás Morales

  • President
  • California State University, San Bernardino

IAUP Vice-President for USA & Canada


Tomás D. Morales was selected as the president of California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) in May 2012. He is the university’s fourth president since it opened in 1965. His commitment to student success has led to various innovative summer bridge and other student and academic support services. He successfully completed CSUSB’s first fundraising campaign, raising $54M while doubling the university endowment. His dedication to diversity prompted the development of the institution’s unique Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Board. In addition, he spearheaded the first truly bi‐county initiative to improve college attainment leading to the founding of the 501(c)(3) organization, Growing Inland Achievement, which has raised over $25M toward this goal.

Previously, Morales was president of the College of Staten Island, The City University of New York (CUNY), from 2007 to 2012.

Dr. Morales has been an active member with several national organizations. He is a previous chair of the boardoftheAmerican AssociationofStateCollegesandUniversitiesandthegoverningboardofthe Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. He also served a term on the board of directors of theAmericanCouncilon EducationandtheExecutiveCommitteeoftheCoalitionof Urbanand Metropolitan Universities.

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 almost 50 years. They have three grown children and eight grandchildren.