Dario Cortes , PhD
President, Berkeley College
Dr. Dario A. Cortes was appointed president in July 2008 of Berkeley College, an accredited college offering Associate and Baccalaureate degree programs at eight locations in New Jersey and New York, as well as Berkeley College Online. Berkeley College was established in 1931.
Dr. Cortes is known as an academic visionary with extensive experience in higher education both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has a solid foundation in strategic planning as well as expertise in academic and business partnerships at local, national, and international levels.
Prior to joining Berkeley College, Dr. Cortes held several senior level administrative positions including the President and Executive Director of the American School Foundation, A.C. (ASF), Mexico City. He was Vice President for Academic Affairs at Fashion Institute of Technology, the State University of New York. In addition, Dr. Cortes held the position of Dean at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Maryland at College Park.
Dr. Cortes earned his Doctorate degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, a Master's degree from the University of Virginia, and a Bachelor's degree from Queens College, City University of New York. He has completed post-graduate work at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania. In 2008, he was named a Klingenstein Fellow at Teacher's College of Columbia University. He is an accomplished author, lecturer, and conference leader.
Active in many community, civic, and professional organizations, Dr. Cortes serves on the Executive Board of the New Jersey Council of Presidents and serves as a board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic New Jersey, and Hispanic Education Technology Services, San Juan, Puerto Rico. He also serves on the Council of Presidential Advisors for One to World, Alumni Advisory Committee of the University of Virginia, Latino Business Council for Univision, and on the American Council on Education's Commission on Women in Higher Education (ACE).