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Spotlight On: Dover Campus Operating Officer Maureen DiFonzo
Berkeley College Campus Operating Officers (COOs) at the New Jersey and New York campuses, plus Berkeley College Online®, have a variety of responsibilities, including, but not limited to, overseeing day-to-day operations, finances, student and staff retention, space management, community outreach, and monitoring training and professional development programs.
At each campus, there are always new challenges and new opportunities. Though the needs vary, the COOs all agree that they love mentoring, coaching, and discovering the potential in their students.
Dover Campus Operating Officer Maureen DiFonzo shares what she has learned and emphasizes that anything is possible.
What kinds of skills have you learned or developed since coming to Berkeley College?
During my time at Berkeley College, I have learned how to manage people with excellence, including learning how to be flexible, adaptable, and a good listener. As a result, I’ve developed some strong leadership qualities to mentor and lead students to reach their goals and to drive the mission and values of the College.
What excites you about your job?
Every day is interesting and a challenge, and every day I try to be sure I’m making a difference.
What sort of career obstacles have you faced, and how did you overcome them?
I am the Campus Operating Officer and also the Director of Admissions at my location. I have worked and continue to work very hard at finding a balance in doing both jobs. It’s a continuous process.
How is your Berkeley College campus unique?
Dover is a traditional town with many unique qualities. We were Dover Business College for a long time and have not been in this area very long as Berkeley College, so we are striving to make ourselves better known to the communities of Morris, Sussex, and Warren counties. We embrace the neighborhood and are very supportive of the community at large.
What or who inspires you? Who are your role models or mentors?
I’m inspired when I see people succeed, and I‘m inspired when I see change in front of me. I do have a few mentors. First, Tim Luing, Senior Vice President, BES Inc., hired me and has mentored me from day one. My background was not in the area of Admissions, and Catherine Palmer, Berkeley College Vice President, Enrollment, taught me the ins and outs of the Admissions Department; she was there for me through every challenge. And my mother was a role model who taught me honesty and integrity, and made me who I am today.
What advice do you have for prospective students/current students/graduates?
I want all students to believe in themselves and follow their dreams. Anything is possible. I also want students to know that we are here to help them achieve their goals and see them graduate.
Contact Maureen DiFonzo at 973-366-6700 ext. 5610 or Maureen-DiFonzo@BerkeleyCollege.edu.