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A Moment with President Tomás Morales – June 2024

I am writing this month to thank you all for your incredible support of our ongoing comprehensive campaign, Our Defining Moment: The Campaign for CSUSB, with its two concurrent goals: to raise $130 million in sponsored research and $70 million in private support. 

Our Defining Moment: The Campaign for CSUSB.I can report today that we currently stand at $217 million! Thanks to our faculty and staff, we have achieved our sponsored research goals. But we still need your support to get us over the top and reach our philanthropic goals—right now, we are at 69% of our goal.

Why? Because we want to keep the momentum going which enables us to build and strengthen student success. I can think of no better example than our fantastic spring Commencement celebration at the Toyota Arena in Ontario in mid-May. Over 3,100 graduates registered to participate in one of the five ceremonies. You can see, from the faces of our graduates and their families and close friends, that CSUSB is truly making a difference here in the Inland Empire. And we are making that difference thanks to all of you. I am profoundly grateful.

I want to take a couple of minutes to celebrate the two alumni who received honorary doctorates in humane letters this year.

Ellen G. Weisser and Respondia “Dia” S. Poole.Respondia, also known as “Dia,” Poole has spent a career in public service to the people of California, serving in all three branches of our state’s government. She has combined that work along with volunteer service on the CSU statewide Alumni Council, where she has twice led as president. She was named Cal State San Bernardino’s Alumni Advocate of the Year in 2008.  Dia is a two-time CSUSB graduate, with a BA in business administration and information management and an MA in communication studies.

Ellen Weisser is a philanthropist, one of our most distinguished graduates and the 2024 CSUSB Distinguished Alumna.  She is a tireless advocate for CSUSB’s students and the university. A strong supporter of performing arts at CSUSB, she established the Ellen Weisser Endowed Theatre Showcase, the first named sponsorship in the Department of Theatre Arts. Ellen is fully engaged in the community and, in 2017, was named the Redlands Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year. She attended UCLA, UCR and earned her undergraduate degree as part of CSUSB’s second class, graduating with Academic Honors in English in 1968. She also attended graduate school at CSUSB for her teaching credential, and subsequently attended the University of Redlands for school administration.

Raymond WattsI am further delighted this month to announce the appointment of the new associate vice president for philanthropic giving, Raymond Watts. Ray most recently served as the associate vice president for development at Claremont McKenna College. During his tenure, he led a team of fundraising professionals, collaborating closely with senior leadership. Notably, he spearheaded a comprehensive campaign that concluded with a remarkable $1.076 billion raised, surpassing the original goal of $800 million. He also managed a portfolio of approximately 200 alumni, parents and friends, ensuring sustained engagement and philanthropic investment.

Prior to his role at Claremont McKenna, Ray spent 17 years at the University of Redlands, where he held various leadership positions in advancement. As the senior associate vice president for advancement and senior philanthropic advisor, he successfully guided the $200 million Forever Yours campaign and contributed to the university’s Centennial Campaign. His innovative approaches in planned giving, annual giving strategies and marketing significantly bolstered the university’s fundraising capabilities.

Ray’s career in advancement began at Loyola Marymount University, where he managed annual and special campaigns, significantly increasing donor contributions and leading multiple teams to achieve substantial fundraising goals.

In addition to his professional achievements, Ray holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and an MBA from Loyola Marymount University. He is also a Certified Specialist in Planned Giving, and has been actively involved in teaching, professional organizations and community service, including serving on the board of directors for the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners.

My thanks, as always, for the stellar leadership of university advancement’s vice president, Robert Nava, which has resulted in us attracting and hiring such an outstanding person for this position!

Over the years since the pandemic began, we have learned how important growing CSUSB’s enrollment is and will be for the foreseeable future. With that understanding before us, I have moved our enrollment management and recruitment services to its own division—the “Office of Strategic Enrollment Management and Marketing”—where it will report directly to me.

David Dufault-Hunter We instituted a national search for an inaugural vice president for the new division this spring, and I am pleased to announce that Dr. David Dufault-Hunter will be joining us on September 3, 2024.  My thanks to the efforts of our hardworking search committee who helped us to secure such an exceptional candidate for the position!

David joins us from Cal State Northridge, where he has been the associate vice president for enrollment services since November 2020. As the inaugural holder of this CSUN position, he has worked to create a cohesive structure comprised of the offices of admission, student outreach and recruitment, financial aid and scholarships, university registrar, strategic communication for enrollment services, international exchange student center and enrollment services technology. He further facilitated the development and implementation of a strategic enrollment plan for CSUN.  Prior to assuming the AVP position, he served as director of admissions and records.

David has further experience serving at Azusa Pacific University, Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village and Fuller Theological Seminary, totaling over 30 years working with high school, undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of student recruitment and retention, marketing, academic partnerships and diversity initiatives.

He has his B.S. in Speech from the University of Texas at Austin; an M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary; and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Azusa Pacific University.

Furthermore, as part of this restructuring, we have realized the increased importance of messaging to support our efforts. Therefore, as of July 1, the Office of Strategic Communication—which has reported to the vice president for university advancement—will be moving to the new division with a new name: “Marketing and Communications.”  This office will still continue to support our university messaging as well as advancement and development efforts, but its new home will signify an additional focus in its responsibilities.

This is all a part of being a university which reviews the data, including trends, and uses that information to re-shape its actions while remaining true to our overall mission: to serve the people of the Inland Empire with access to a first-class education with topflight faculty on a campus offering state of the art facilities in which to learn and study.

So, yes, it is the summer here at CSUSB, but we continue to be an institution which is active and engaged. As we plan for the next academic year, I wish to thank you all for your continued support of CSUSB’s students along with its outstanding faculty and dedicated staff who continue to demonstrate what a public institution of higher education, dedicated to serving its community, can do for the Inland Empire and the future of our state of California.

My appreciation to you all. You are truly making a difference.

Tomás D. Morales



CSUSB graduate smiles in cap and gown.
A Moment with President Tomás Morales – May 2024

President Tomás D. Morales congratulates the Class of 2024 as he looks forward to CSUSB’s Spring Commencement ceremonies on May 17-18. He also shares the 2023-24 award recipients of the campus-wide faculty excellence recognitions.

MSPA Program
A Moment with President Tomás Morales – April 2024

President Tomás D. Morales celebrates the CSUSB men’s basketball team advancing to the Final Four, Murillo Family Observatory hosting its First Light event and Master of Science in Physician Assistant program opening its national application on April 25.

A Moment with President Tomás Morales – March 2024

President Tomás Morales celebrates Cal State San Bernardino earning the Jim King Founders award in February for serving as an anchor institution and the continued success of the cost-saving program for students, Affordable Learning Solutions.

Black History Month
A Moment with President Tomás Morales – February 2024

President Tomás D. Morales highlights Black History Month and two programs that support student success, the Educational Opportunity Program and its subsidiary program, the Renaissance Scholars, which is celebrating its 20-year anniversary in February.

Riverside Alumni Mixer 2023
A Moment with President Tomás Morales – January 2024

President Tomás D. Morales reflects on the holiday season as he looks forward to the new year and spring semester, which will feature two major events recognizing CSUSB alumni, the Alumni Hall of Fame Gala and opening of the Alumni Center.

Group of friends attending Homecoming 2023.
A Moment with President Tomás Morales – November 2023

President Tomás D. Morales celebrates another record achievement in CSUSB’s capital campaign fundraising, congratulates Terrance Stone for being the recipient of the President’s Medal, and looks forward to exciting upcoming events.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Pow Wow
A Moment with President Tomás Morales – October 2023

President Tomás D. Morales highlights some of the events taking place on campus this fall, such as the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the “Afróntalo” exhibit at the CSUSB Anthropology Museum and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Pow Wow.

President Morales speaking at Convocation.
A Moment with President Tomás Morales – September 2023

President Tomás D. Morales welcomes the campus community to the fall 2023 semester and acknowledges some of last year’s accomplishments, including exceeding the university’s $200 million goal for the Our Defining Moment campaign.

Dr. Mildred Garcia
A Moment with President Tomás Morales – August 2023

President Tomás D. Morales welcomes the CSU’s 11th chancellor, Mildred Garcia, and acknowledges California Governor Gavin Newsom and the State Legislature for reaching a deal on the 2023-24 budget.

Center for Global Innovation
A Moment with President Tomás Morales – July 2023

President Tomás D. Morales shares an update on CSUSB’s international Education Abroad programs, which are all run out of the College of Extended and Global Education.

President Morales visiting Lviv Polytechnic National University in Ukraine
A Moment with President Tomás Morales – June 2023

With the signing of a memorandum of understanding between CSUSB and Lviv Polytechnic National University in Ukraine, President Tomás D. Morales emphasizes that Cal State San Bernardino has become an international university.

“Eternal Learning” art mural
A Moment with President Tomás Morales – May 2023

President Tomás D. Morales encourages people to stop by the James R. Watson and Judy Rodriguez Watson College of Education to view the new student-designed tile mural. He also highlights the upcoming CSUSB Commencement ceremonies on May 19-20.

CSUSB Men's Basketball Celebration
A Moment with President Tomás Morales – April 2023

President Tomás D. Morales applauds the CSUSB men’s basketball team for a superb performance and congratulates the faculty members who received one of the campus-wide awards this academic year.

Student Research Competition at CSUSB
A Moment with President Tomás Morales – March 2023

President Tomás D. Morales discusses CSUSB’s high quality faculty and the role research plays in student education, noting that student-faculty research projects are a key part in building student success. He also highlights CSUSB’s robust track record...

Chinaka DomNwachukwu
A Moment with President Tomás Morales – February 2023

President Tomás D. Morales highlights Black History Month and CSUSB’s ongoing support of the African American community, including the Watson College of Education’s initiative Project Impact, which aims to increase the diversity of teachers in the...

Dr. A. Rafik Mohamed
A Moment with President Tomás Morales – January 2023

President Tomás D. Morales recognizes the next provost and vice president for academic affairs, A. Rafik Mohamed.

Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tomás Morales
A Moment with President Tomás Morales – December 2022

President Tomás D. Morales celebrate the lives, cultures and histories of our First Peoples across the North American continent and announces the launch of a new recognition here at CSUSB: the President’s Medal.

Our Defining Moment
A Moment with President Tomás Morales – October 2022

President Tomás D. Morales shares his thoughts about the launch of CSUSB's $200 Million Comprehensive Campaign as well as all CSUSB is accomplishing.