10:00 PM PDT on Sunday, June 19, 2011

Submitted to The Press-Enterprise

Cal State San Bernardino President Albert Karnig will be honored by the Inland Empire chapter of the American Society for Public Administration at the organization’s 2010-11 annual awards ceremony.

Karnig will be saluted as Outstanding Educator at the event Thursday in the Staples Room at California Baptist University in Riverside.

Others who will be honored include Riverside Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge as the Outstanding Elected Official, Temecula City Manager Shawn Nelson as the Outstanding Senior Administrator and Riverside County Senior Analyst Alex Najera as the Outstanding Rising Administrator. Both Nelson (1994) and Najera (2007) earned their master of public administration degrees from Cal State San Bernardino, and Najera was named the Outstanding Graduate Student for the university’s College of Business and Public Administration.

Now in his 14th year as Cal State San Bernardino president, Karnig is just the university’s third president since the campus opened in 1965, following John M. Pfau and Anthony H. Evans. He has led the school to setting records in enrollment, diversity of faculty and students, grant and contract funding, fundraising and international program development, as well as leading the way for the university’s first engineering and doctoral programs.

Karnig and wife Marilyn have made an impact in the San Bernardino region since they arrived at the university in 1997, helping to invigorate renewed emphasis on partnerships between the university and community that promote economic, social and cultural development.

Karnig focused on academic excellence, and his leadership has been instrumental in building and strengthening partnerships within the community. He established the President’s Academic Excellence Scholarship Program, which currently has more than 170 students from among the top 1 percent of San Bernardino County high school graduates.

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