Thursday, June 24, 2010
NYCID Honors Dr. Morales for CSI Youth Development Partnership
Regarding his award, Dr. Morales said, “I am proud to accept this award on behalf of all faculty, staff, and students, who, together with the Center’s dedicated staff, work to strengthen our community, and in particular, the lives of our youth, through education and our collaborations.”
Dr. Tomás D. Morales was appointed by the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York (CUNY) as the third President of the College of Staten Island in 2007. He holds a B.A. in History (Secondary Education) cum laude, from The State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz, and earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from SUNY Albany.
He has served as an educator and administrative leader in higher education for over 32 years and 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 system, The State University of New York and The City University of New York.
At California State Polytechnic University from 2001 to 2007, Dr. Morales served in various capacities including Vice President for Student Affairs, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor of Education, and Principal Deputy to the President. He was responsible for providing academic vision and leadership for eight colleges, one professional school, the university library, 20,000 students, 1,200 faculty, 46 academic departments, and a budget of $120 million. He was elected for two consecutive terms as a Commissioner for the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges serving as the Chair of the Structural Change committee and a member of both the Audit and Chairs committees.
Dr. Morales serves on the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Board, the American Council on Education's Commission on Racial and Ethnic Equity, the Governing Board and as Secretary to the Board of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and has also served on the National Information and Communication Technology Literacy Policy Council. He has been appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to the New York City Panel on Education Policy, and he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Staten Island Foundation, SINY Inc. and A Vision for Staten Island, as well as an Ambassador with the Immigrant Entrepreneur Program of the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation.
His lifelong dedication to improving the access and quality of public higher education has been recognized with the Latino Trendsetter Award at the United Nations, the IMAGEN Certificate Award from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the American College of Thessaloniki, Greece. He completed the Wharton Executive Education Program at the Institute for Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania and was a fellow in the Kellogg/HACU Leadership Fellows Program.
Dr. Morales has recently received approval from the CUNY Board of Trustees for a ten-year Master Plan to expand the academic programs and student-centric services at the College of Staten Island, and is currently leading a campus-wide strategic planning process to examine the mission, vision and values of the institution.