The San Diego Center for Children has named Moisés Barón, Ph.D., as its new Chief Executive Officer. Barón, a psychologist, brings more than 26 years of clinical and administrative experience to the Center. He will lead the organization sustaining its newly-created mission: Protect the joy of childhood. Prevent emotional suffering. Incite change.
Barón comes to the Center from the University of San Diego, where he served the past 11 years as Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Student Affairs for Student Wellness. As the first AVP for Student Wellness at the University, he conceptualized and implemented a plan to restructure, expand and integrate health and wellness services, remodel facilities, and established integrated clinical, preventive and educational programs for undergraduate and graduate students. His responsibilities included general oversight of operations, budget and strategic development of the wellness and health service units, including the Student Health Center, Counseling Center, Center for Health and Wellness Promotion and Disability Services. He provided ongoing leadership and guidance to university students, faculty and administration on issues related to diversity, inclusion, wellness, health, mental health and crisis response.
Prior to serving as the university’s AVP for Student Affairs and Student Wellness, Barón was Director of the Counseling Center from 1997 to 2006 where he managed all of the center’s operations and budget. He has been Adjunct Faculty at the School of Leadership and Education Sciences for over 20 years, and is the Founder of the COMPASS Academic Center at USD where he led a team that developed multidisciplinary and innovative programs to help and support families of children with special needs. He also served as Executive Director of the services arm of COMPASS in the community until 2012.
“The San Diego Center for Children is truly honored to name Moisés as our new CEO,” said Keith Wilson, Ph.D, Chairperson of Center’s Board of Trustees. “His wealth of experience as a clinician, manager and visionary in the field of children and adolescent mental health makes him an ideal leader for the Center’s mission.”
“I am thankful to the Board and the staff for affording me the opportunity to join a team that is truly committed to serving the behavioral health and educational needs of at-risk and underserved children and youth in our community,” Barón, said. “I have no doubt that as the Center starts this new chapter, we will together build on its distinguished history to advance its mission and realize its vision of inspiring a world where all children and families live joyful, healthy lives.”