Leroy M. Morishita is the fifth president of California State University, East Bay. He was appointed to the position in January 2012 by the CSU Board of Trustees, after taking office on July 1, 2011 as the Interim President. He came to Cal State East Bay from San Francisco State University, where he served as Executive Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer.
A native Californian, President Morishita holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Science in Counseling from San Francisco State University. He also earned a Doctorate in Education in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Dr. Morishita has more than 30 years of experience in higher education, as an educator and administrator. He first worked in the California State University system from 1978 to 1981 as Counseling Coordinator and Counselor for the Educational Opportunity Program at San Francisco State University.
Dr. Morishita’s administrative experience includes working in Massachusetts at the Institute on Computing in Schools at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, at Salem State College, and at Tufts University working as the Director of Asian Student Programming. Returning to the CSU system in 1984, he worked in Admissions and Records at SFSU and in 1987-88 was an Administrative Fellow to the Provost at CSUEB (then Cal State Hayward).
Dr. Morishita was hired as the Director of University and Budget Planning at SFSU. In 1996 additional responsibilities included serving as the Interim Executive Director of Enrollment Planning and Management. He became the Associate Vice President of Budget Planning and Resource Management in 1997 and was selected as the Vice President of Physical Planning and Development in 2001. Morishita was named SFSU’s Vice President of Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer in 2002 and Executive Vice President in 2009.c
Dr. Morishita serves on several committees for the California State University 23 campus system. He is the chair of the President’s Commission for the system-wide CSU STEM-NET affinity group and is a member of the CSU Commission on Online Education and the Presidents’ Commission for the Program for Education & Research in Biotechnology. In addition, he served as co-chair of the Taskforce for a Sustainable Financial Model for the California State University system.
He has also served on several committees, including the CSU Risk Management Authority from 2002 to 2011, serving as Chair from 2006 to 2010 and Vice Chair from 2004 to 2006; the CSU Systemwide Budget Advisory Committee from 2004 to 2011; and the CSU Investment Committee from 2007 to 2010. Previously, Morishita served as a commissioner of the Western Association for Senior Colleges and Universities from 2007-2013, chairing its Finance & Operations committee for three years.
Dr. Morishita is chair of the California Campus Compact Executive Board and a Director of the National Campus Compact Board, a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Investment Committee, and past chair of the Presidents’ and Chancellors’ Board of the California Collegiate Athletic Association. Locally he is a founding member of the Chabot Space and Science Center Leadership Council, a trustee of the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, and serves on the board of directors of the Bay Area Council and the East Bay Leadership Council. He is a member of the Executive Committee and a board member of the East Bay Economic Development Alliance. He chairs the board of trustees of the JA Health Benefits Trust.