As the Associate Vice President for Information Technology/Innovation Officer at Cal State Fullerton, Rommel is responsible for fostering and maintaining a culture of innovation and knowledge sharing throughout the campus. Prior to his current role, Rommel was appointed as the first CIO of the University of Guam, after nearly 16 years of service at Cal State Fullerton, to help transform IT at UoG and to implement the Trans-Pacific Guam Open Research & Education eXchange (GOREX - gorex.uog.edu ). As of January 2018, with the help of the University of Hawai'i system, the island of Guam is now connected to the global research and education networking fabric at an ultra-high-speed of 100 Gigabits per second. He was the Principal Investigator in a National Science Foundation Campus CyberInfrastructure Network Design award and a collaborator in Guam's NSF EPSCoR - Guam Ecosystems Collaboratorium project. These initiatives resulted in improved availability of mission-critical services to the UoG community.
Rommel was a first generation student of both the University of Guam and California State University, Fullerton. He holds a BA in Psychology and an MBA from the University of Guam and a Master of Science degree in Management Science/Information Systems from CSU Fullerton. Rommel is also a 2010 graduate of the Cal State Fullerton Leadership Development Program initiative created by the late President Milton A. Gordon.