After almost 11 years at Cal Poly Pomona, Kevin Morningstar, the university’s associate CIO for Academic Technology, has accepted a position as Cal State San Marcos’s dean and chief information officer for Instructional & Information Technology Services. His new appointment begins in July.
Morningstar’s departure ends his tenure at Cal Poly Pomona, where he began as an IT consultant for the Division of Student Affairs in 2004. Six months later, he was promoted to executive director for Student Affairs’ IT services. In 2013, he joined the Division of IT as an associate CIO.
While serving in that capacity, he has overseen campus networks, student computer labs, enterprise systems, the data center, the phone system, technical support and projects that include the rollout of a new VOIP phone system and an expansion of campus Wi-Fi.
“Much of the technology that is part of our daily lives at Cal Poly Pomona — wireless Internet, computer labs and digital record-keeping — has been developed under Kevin’s watch,” says Vice President of IT John McGuthry. “He’s been a wonderful advocate for integrating technology with the academics here and he’ll be a fantastic leader at CSU San Marcos.”
Before joining Cal Poly Pomona, Morningstar held IT positions for the cities of Azusa and Colton. His career began at a small software company based in Crestline, California
Morningstar says his time at Cal Poly Pomona has shown him higher education needs a foundation of strong and dependable information technology. He also spoke of the personal connections he made during his time here.
“For the past ten years I have had the honor of striving to meet that goal in the Student Affairs and Information Technology divisions. I take with me great memories of the personal relationships and teams that I have worked with across the university,” Morningstar says. “I feel very honored to be appointed to the position of Dean and Chief Information Officer at California State University San Marcos. CSUSM strives to be a leader in the use of information technology that supports the teaching and learning mission and that was a distinguishing characteristic that attracted me to this opportunity.”
He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from California State University, San Bernardino and a master’s in business administration from the University of Redlands.