Kevin Morningstar has been the Dean of Instructional & Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) since July 2015. Spanning over 30 years’ experience in the technology field, Morningstar has built a well-respected record of developing and implementing forward thinking technology plans, working collaboratively across organizations, and serving senior executives as a trusted steward of fiscal resources and information technology services.
At CSUSM, Morningstar is responsible for the strategic leadership of campus-wide IT and academic technology services unit that supports the teaching and learning mission of the University. In 2018, he led the highly successful effort to create the campus’ first unified Technology Strategic Plan. As CIO, he has responded to structural fiscal changes that have led to budgetary and operational restructuring and implemented several strategies for improving service, including the deployment of the campus’ first Mobile App. Part of this strategy has been a reimagining of campus IT facilities through a combination of enhanced technology, collaborative space design, and alignment of services in support of faculty, staff, and students.
Morningstar’s career in IT started while working as a student assistant for a state-funded grant at Cal State San Bernardino that was part of California’s earliest efforts to train K-12 educators in the use of technology in the classroom. Later working as a programmer/consultant for a small consulting firm, Morningstar developed complex electric & water billing and payroll systems. During the critical Y2k period, conceived, implemented, and managed an innovative cost sharing solution for providing joint Customer Information Systems (CIS) and data center operations between two cities. Joining Cal Poly Pomona in 2004, he was the founding director of a technology services unit created within the Division of Student Affairs and went on to serve in two Associate CIO roles within the campus’ central Division of Information Technology.