CSUSB President Named Chair of HACU Governing Board

Tom?s D. Morales, president of California State University, San Bernardino, has been named chair of the governing board

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: October 19, 2014

CSUSB President Named Chair of HACU Governing Board

Tom?s D. Morales, president of California State University, San Bernardino, has been named chair of the governing board of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, which represents more than 400 colleges and universities that collectively enroll more than two-thirds of the Hispanic student population in the United States.

"This is truly a great honor to serve HACU and to work alongside a distinguished, talented and innovative group of educators dedicated to advancing higher education for Latinos," Morales said. "I look forward to a productive and creative year that I hope will both inspire and invigorate our membership."

Antonio R. Flores, president and chief executive officer of HACU, praised Morales' election.

"I am more than pleased that Tom?s Morales has been elected as chair of HACU's Governing Board," said HACU President and CEO Antonio. R. Flores. "As a longtime advocate for Hispanic higher education success and supporter of HACU's mission, Dr. Morales is an excellent choice to help guide the association into a year of new challenges and opportunities. His leadership skills and broad higher education experience will be invaluable for HACU's advocacy efforts and for the institutions and students we represent."

Morales was selected as the new chair at HACU's 28th annual conference last week, where five new officers and two new members were confirmed to the governing board.

The HACU governing board members are:

? Chair Tom?s D. Morales, Ph.D., president of CSUSB.

? Vice chair Rita Cepeda, Ed.D, chancellor of San Jos?/Evergreen Community College District.

? Secretary William V. Flores, Ph.D., president of University of Houston, Downtown.

? Treasurer Rev. Monsignor Franklyn M. Casale, president of St. Thomas University.

? Past-chair Jorge Ivan V?lez-Arocho, Ph.D., president of Pontificia Universidad Cat??lica de Puerto Rico.

The HACU Governing Board also welcomed as members Joseph I. Castro, Ph.D., president of California State University, Fresno, and Mike Flores, Ph.D., president of Palo Alto College. Board members serve three-year terms with the opportunity to be re-elected to a second term.

Morales joined Cal State San Bernardino in 2012 and is the university's fourth president since it opened its doors in 1965. Prior to coming to CSUSB, he had served as president of the College of Staten Island, The City University of New York (CUNY) beginning in 2007.

He previously served as provost, vice president for academic affairs and vice president for student affairs at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Prior to that, Morales was vice president for student affairs and dean of students at The City College of New York/CUNY from 1994 to 2001.

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.

In addition to leading Cal State San Bernardino, Morales serves as the chair of the board of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and as a member of the board of directors of the American Council on Education. He previously served on the Executive Committee of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, the American Council on Education's Commission on Racial and Ethnic Equity, and the National Information and Communication Technology Literacy Policy Council.

He holds a B.A. in history from the SUNY New Paltz, and earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in educational administration and policy studies from SUNY Albany.

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) was established in 1986 with a founding membership of 18 institutions. Because of HACU's exemplary leadership on behalf of the nation's youngest and fastest-growing population, the association rapidly grew in numbers and national impact.

Today, HACU represents more than 450 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America, and Spain. Although member institutions in the United States represent only 10 percent of all higher education institutions nationwide, together they are home to more than two-thirds of all Hispanic college students. HACU is the only national educational association that represents Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).

Visit the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities website at http://www.hacu.net/ for more information.

For an electronic image of CSUSB President Tom?s D. Morales or for more information, contact the university's Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu

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