By Brenda Servin |Staff Writer|
CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales has been elected to be the president of the national board of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) for the 2014 term.
Dr. Morales will lead the organization’s efforts to develop policies that will benefit higher education across the nation.
The annual meeting for the AASCU Board of Directors was held in Los Angeles on October 23, 2013.
The annual meeting gives its member the opportunity to examine critical issues and discover methods for presidents and chancellors to improve their institutions.
During last year’s annual meeting Dr. Morales was elected by the other members of the board as “president-elect” for 2013 making him president of the board for this coming year.
“It is an honor to lead this tremendous association of outstanding educators and their institutions of higher learning and I look forward to a productive year in working with exceptional leaders from around the nation on numerous important higher education issues and challenges,” said Dr. Morales, according to CSUSB news.
The board of directors consists of presidents from colleges and universities around the nation that gather to develop policies that will support higher education.
Over 400 public colleges, universities and systems are part of the ASSCU association and have a similar learning- and teaching-centered culture along with a history of committing to undeserved student populations.
Dr. Morales is excited to be leading the AASCU Board and plans to help ASSUC achieve their goals for the 2014 term.
Their goals include: advancing public higher education, student-focused advocacy, exemplary leadership development, supporting institutional innovation, strengthening P-20 education along with fostering diversity and inclusiveness.
P-20 education is short for an integrated education system that extends from pre-school through higher education, according to Aurora Public Schools.
“I think it’s great that President Morales was elected, it really shows that he’s trying to make a difference in the higher education system,” said student Ricardo Mendez.
Dr. Morales, who is in his second year as president of California State University San Bernardino, has served on AASCU’s Board of Directors and co-chaired AASCU’s National Taskforce on College Readiness before becoming board chair.
AASCU is a Washington-based higher education association and has five fundamental purposes, according to the AASCU website.
The organization supports the mission of colleges and universities to prepare their students in becoming competitive and effective in an economy and a society.
AASCU encourages the public to understand, appreciate and support public higher education and the establishments that are part of the AASCU membership.
This organization provides analysis of both federal and state policy to help its’ members and their educational establishments along with the students that attend them to move forward.
In addition they create opportunities for the partners or spouses of member presidents to professionally be active in their organization.
AASCU states that one of their fundamental purposes is, “to provide leadership for effective policy development and program support that will strengthen academic quality, promote access and inclusion.”
Members of the board of directors elect a different member for chair-elect every year to serve for a term.
J. Keith Motley, chancellor at University of Massachusetts Boston, will assume the position of chair-elect for 2014 and will serve in the 2015 term.