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David Forgues Wins Rock Star Award for Human Resources

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David Forgues, Cal State Fullerton’s vice president of human resources, diversity and inclusion, is the recipient of the Higher Ed HR Rock Star Award from the Western Region of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. 

New this year, the award recognizes an individual who, while serving in the first five years of a higher education HR career, has made a significant impact.

Forgues began his career at CSUF in Student Affairs. He was appointed vice president of HRDI in January 2017.

The awards selection committee noted that Forgues’s varied background makes him open-minded and willing to take risks. It also remarked that he has fostered strong ties with the campus community and championed a variety of innovative programs and initiatives. Examples include Titan Recognition Week — which honors faculty and staff with special events, tickets to sporting events, campus discounts and special “behind the scenes” tours of different areas of the campus, culminating in the university’s annual University Awards Program — and the What Brings Us Together luncheons, where individuals gather to meet others from different departments and backgrounds.

“Receiving this award is a testament to the amazing team in HRDI, and it is a privilege to serve the campus in this capacity,” Forgues said. 

In addition, Forgues has been proactive in his support of diversity, equity and inclusion programs and encourages the expansion of faculty and staff associations. Many of these have helped CSUF recruit and retain new talent and improved the department’s service orientation.

Contact: Valerie Orleans,