PALM DESERT, Calif. -

The man who oversaw the transition of Cal State San Bernardino's Palm Desert campus into the Coachella Valley's first four-year university will retire at the end of the month.

Fred Jandt has helmed CSUSB Palm Desert since August 2003, and been a faculty member of CSUSB since 1983.

"Fred Jandt has been a remarkable asset for CSUSB and our Palm Desert Campus," said Cal State San Bernardino President Tomás D. Morales, in a news release obtained by CBS Local 2/KESQ. "The PDC has elevated into one of the gems of the California State University system, thanks to his tireless efforts. We are grateful for all that he has done to build the campus and transform the state of higher education in the Coachella Valley."

Jandt is the founding chair of the university's communication studies department, and also developed the graduate communication studies curriculum, which emphasized intercultural communication, mediation and dispute resolution. In 2003 he was named CSUSB's Outstanding Professor of the year.

A Texas native, Jandt got a masters degree from Steven F. Austin University, and a doctorate from Bowling Green University.

A nationwide search for a new dean is expected to start later this year.