Michel Nolan, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 05/10/2012 09:30:11 AM PDT

Former Cal Poly Pomona administrator Tomas D. Morales on Thursday was named president of Cal State San Bernardino.

“I am really excited to come out there,” said Morales, current president at the College of Staten Island, the City University of New York.

“This opportunity presented itself, and I consider the Cal State campus a special place, with such a warm community,” Morales said Thursday in a phone interview from New York.

“I am so impressed with the quality of the faculty – they are exceptional.”

Morales, 58, succeeds the retiring Al Karnig, CSUSB president since 1997.

Karnig said it is fortuitous that Morales has some experience in both student and academic affairs.

Karnig said the 15 years he has been the university’s president is a substantial period of time.

“I have a great deal of ambivalence about retiring,” he said.

Karnig has had a transformational impact on the university, according to Morales.

“I feel blessed to follow in his footsteps,” Morales said.

Morales has been an educator and administrative leader in higher education for more than 32 years.

From 2001 to 2007, Morales served in various capacities at Cal Poly Pomona, including vice president for student affairs, provost and vice president for academic affairs, professor of education and principal deputy to the president.

Cal Poly Pomona President Michael Ortiz, who worked with Morales for five years,
said people in San Bernardino will love him.

“He’s very outgoing and makes friends easily,” Ortiz said. “He is very focused on students and meeting the needs of students. He’s an avid reader and someone you rely on to have innovative vision because of his studies of the best practices in the world.”

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