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CSU elects new president for Cal State San Bernardino

Dr. Tomás D. Morales
Dr. Tomás D. Morales

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Cal State University trustees have hired a Latino college president from the East Coast to head Cal State San Bernardino.

Tomás Morales led the College of Staten Island for five years, but he’s no stranger to Southern California. Earlier in his career Morales held a number of positions at Cal Poly Pomona, including Vice President for Student Affairs. 

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York, he holds degrees in history and educational administration.

His appointment comes amid heightened scrutiny of big salaries paid to CSU presidents as student tuitions are on the rise. San Diego State hired a new chief last summer at a salary that’s about 35 percent greater than the outgoing president.

Earlier this week, CSU trustees voted to cap salaries for incoming presidents at no more than 10 percent greater than their predecessors.

Morales’ salary has not been disclosed. His predecessor Al Karnig earned just under $300,000 a year.

Tomás Morales is expected to begin work later this summer.