Tomás D. Morales, president of Cal State San Bernardino, was among eight education leaders who were recipients of the 2017 Legacy of Exemplary Service Awards given recently by the Librería Del Pueblo for their public service to the community.

Morales, now in his fifth year as CSUSB president, and the other recipients were recognized for their accomplishments in education as well as being individuals who have “given of themselves so that others may have a better and more meaningful life.”

The awards were presented on Sept. 22 at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino.

The other honorees were:

  • Ted Alejandre, superintendent, San Bernardino County Schools;
  • Bruce Baron, chancellor, San Bernardino Community College District;
  • Michael Burke, chancellor, Riverside Community College District;
  • Dale Marsden, superintendent, San Bernardino City Unified School District;
  • Diana Rodriguez, president, San Bernardino Valley College;
  • Martin Valdez, past president, Librería Del Pueblo; and
  • Kim Wilcox, chancellor, University of California, Riverside.

Alejandre (public administration, ’88, and educational administration, ’93), Marsden (liberal studies, ’92, and educational administration, ’98), Rodriguez (business administration ’90, MBA ’94, and education counseling ’00) and Valdez (political science, ’75) are also graduates of CSUSB.

Librería Del Pueblo has provided English-as-a-Second-Language and U.S. citizenship instruction to the Inland Empire for the past 26 years. Its work has enabled students to become more proficient in the use of the English language. Speaking, writing and reading lessons provide opportunities for students to improve their communication skills.

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