William and Barbara Leonard Transportation Center

  • William E. Leonard History Archives
  • Intersection Management and Cybersecurity
  • Platinum Sponsor San Bernardino Airport
  • Regional Mobility Dialogue Series
  • Regional Mobility Dialogue Series


The LTC Interactive Regional Mobility Dialogue Series

The Leonard Transportation Center is hosting a series of nine educational and interactive dialogue meetings to bring together community leaders in a discussion of how to best address the region’s mobility needs. Three of the dialogues will be hosted in the Coachella Valley and will be luncheons, the other six will be hosted in the Inland Empire as brekafast dialogues.

Your voice is important! Please join fellow community leaders as we discuss these important topics.

Participation for the Inland Empire Series will be limited to the first 50 people who register for each seminar and 35 for the Coachella Valley seminars. 

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Remembering Barbara Leonard 

It is with heavy hearts that the Leonard Transportation Center reports the passing of Barbara R. “Bobbie” Leonard. Mrs. Leonard was a highly respected community advocate, philanthropist and longtime supporter of Cal State San Bernardino.

She and her late husband, William E. “Bill” Leonard, contributed greatly to this university’s legacy. He was a local land developer and active civic leader who staunchly advocated for the establishment of a state college in San Bernardino. The two remained committed to CSUSB, giving more than $2.5 million in support of its educational mission.
Barbara and William first met when he was setting out smudge pots in her father’s orchards. They both graduated from San Bernardino High School and later attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied nursing. They were married in 1944 and settled in San Bernardino.

Barbara remained a loyal and active supporter of CSUSB. In just the last few weeks, she was involved in renaming the William E. Leonard Endowed Scholarship to the William E. Leonard Memorial Transportation Internship. The endowment will support a paid internship benefitting one or more student workers in the Leonard Transportation Center.

The Leonard family is in our thoughts and will always remain an influential part of the LTC family. 

Transportation plays a major role in the Inland Empire of Southern California, and the William and Barbara Leonard Transportation Center is the voice for an integrated and sustainable transportation system in our region. The Inland Empire is an inland port region expected to grow exponentially in the logistics and transportation sector. The region, with informed decisions, can use this growth to develop a strong economic base. Our focal points include transportation management, the impacts of technology on transportation and logistics, and transnational studies. Research influences our education initiatives and community outreach efforts, which in turn substantiate policy produced by the LTC. The Center seeks solutions to assist residents, businesses, government and nonprofit agencies, and international partners work together on improving sustainability and life in the Inland Empire.

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Workforce Development and the Transportation Leadership, Planning, and Performance Institute


In 2016, the Leonard Transportation Center (LTC) at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) received funding from the UTC program to assist with professional development opportunities for Caltrans planners. As part of this project, the LTC worked with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at CalPoly Pomona to increase information and access to the AICP certification for Caltrans employees.

Additionally, LTC developed a fully online institute on Transportation Leadership, Planning, and Performance (TLPPI).

In June 2017, we are beta testing this program.  If you are interested, please register below.  If you are interested in taking the full certification, we will hold the first class in September 2017.  Please contact Kimberly Collins, PhD at for more information. 

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The Leonard Family

The Leonard name comes from William E. and Barbara Leonard, San Bernardino residents, business owners, and philanthropists. William “Bill” E. Leonard served on several organization boards and on the California Transportation Commission. To this day their accomplishments still benefit the Inland Empire, and the Leonard Transportation Center continues their commitment to education and transportation issues. In 2006, CSUSB named the new federally funded university transportation center in honor of the Leonard family. The William and Barbara Leonard Transportation Center considers how the larger aspects of globalization impact the local needs of the Inland Empire. Since the Inland Empire acts as an inland port, this Center balances transnational and local policy studies and solutions to improve life and commerce in the Inland Empire.

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William E. Leonard History Archives 

Over the years, Mr. Leonard's civic leadership has included chairing the California Highway Commission (1973-77) and the California Transportation Commission (CTC, 1985-93). He had a strong presecence in the National Orange Show, serving as its president in 1966. He was also a member of the State Athletic Commission and the University of California at Riverside Foundation.

In addition to being a member of the State Athletic Commission , he chaired the San Bernardino Valley College Foundation Board and served as a trustee of the St. Bernardine's Hospital Foundation. He was an active member in the community and took part in a number of other local boards and charities.

Mr. Leonard had a multitude of accomplishments and his legacy lives on through the Leonard Transportation Center. To learn more about his life's work, click the link below to access his historical documents. 

Archived Documents