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Spotlight On: Woodland Park Assistant Campus Operating Officer Andrea Nemeth
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.
Woodland Park Assistant Campus Operating Officer Andrea Nemeth, a Berkeley College alumna, talks about what she has learned and shares some advice.
What kinds of skills have you learned or developed since coming to Berkeley College?
I have learned how to manage conflict and defuse tense situations. I actively listen to each student and colleague, communicating with empathy, and demonstrating an interest in resolving each situation. I try to relate to each person, and imagine myself in his or her situation. The learning never dies. In each one of my roles I continue to grow and develop as a manager and leader.
What excites you about your job?
The students. I am a Berkeley College graduate. I had a very rewarding experience here as a student where I was surrounded by instructors and staff members who I felt really cared for my well being. Now, having graduated over 20 years ago, I have the opportunity to “pay it forward” every day and to make a difference.
What sort of career obstacles have you faced, and how did you overcome them?
In 2009, I lost my job due to an organizational change. At the time, my work experience was in the area of accounting and finance in corporate America. I was unhappy and ready for a change. For three years, I owned a nonmedical homecare agency. When I closed that office, many viewed it as a failure, but I knew it was the steppingstone to another opportunity. It was an excellent learning experience that prepared me for the role I hold today in higher education.
How is your Berkeley College campus unique?
Woodland Park has a lovely quaint collegiate setting with a unique beauty.
What or who inspires you? Who are your role models or mentors?
My mother is my inspiration. I am a first-generation American who grew up with a mother who stressed the importance of an education and working hard. She managed to hold a number of jobs at a time, never called in sick, and always exhibited a sense of gratitude. She raised me to be independent, while teaching me how to manage money and to never complain. She said to remember that others are in worse situations, and we should be grateful for what we have. She is an example of strength, perseverance, and humility.
What advice do you have for prospective students/current students/graduates?
Embrace change, learn from your mistakes, keep a positive attitude, surround yourself with positive people, and continuously learn. No matter what life dishes out, remember that the only thing we can control is how we react.
Contact Andrea Nemeth at 973-278-5400 ext. 5705 or ANM@BerkeleyCollege.edu.