Dr. Tomás D. Morales Appointed to the Executive Committee
Friday, January 8, 2016
The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities would like to welcome Dr. Tomás D. Morales as the newest Executive Committee member. Dr. Morales was appointed by his peers for as a Member-at-Large. He will be serving through October 2017.
Dr. Morales has a rich history of service to urban and metropolitan universities across the United States. Currently, he serves as the fourth president of California State University, San Bernardino. A passionate proponent of student success, he has spearheaded memoranda of understanding with local school districts to encourage better prepared college freshmen, is piloting an innovative summer pre-college program for incoming students (2016 will be its third year), and served as primary coordinator of a $5 million grant awarded by the State of California for the first San Bernardino and Riverside counties joint K-20 collaborative addressing college readiness and baccalaureate degree attainment, particularly among underrepresented students. Previously, he served as the president of CUNY's College of Staten Island from 2007-2014. Dr. Morales is actively involved with several other national organizations, including the Governing Board of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (chair), the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (immediate past chair), and a member of the Board of the American Council on Education.
"I am excited to continue my lifelong mission to improve the access and quality of public higher education within our urban communities, and believe my position in the Coalition will effectively allow me to pursue that goal," Dr. Morales explained. "I had the privilege of serving as a committee member for two years during my time at the College of Staten Island, and I hope my past experience and perspective will make my work with the current Committee all the more impactful."
CUMU President Dr. Richard Guarasci added that he "knows Tomás will be a valuable addition to the Committee. We look forward to working alongside him on today’s pressing urban and metropolitan issues.”