Dario A. Cortes

President, Berkeley College

Dr. Dario A. Cortes was appointed President of Berkeley College in July 2008. Berkeley College, accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, offers Associate and Baccalaureate degree programs at locations in New Jersey and New York, as well as online. Berkeley College was established in 1931.

Prior to joining Berkeley College, Dr. Cortes held several senior level administrative positions including 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.

Active in many community, civic, and professional organizations, Dr. Cortes serves as a board member of One to World, the American Council of Education’s Board of ACE Fellows and Executive Committee Secretary of the Hispanic Education Technology Services. He was elected as a Commissioner of Middle States Commission on Higher Education and serves on the Middle States Commission on Higher Education’s Steering Committee for standards review/revision process, New Jersey President’s Council, the Alumni Advisory Committee of the University of Virginia, the Corporate Advisory Council of the Morris County Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce, and the American Council of Education’s Accreditation Task Force.

Dr. Cortes is known as an academic visionary with extensive experience in higher education at both 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. He is an accomplished author, lecturer, and conference leader.


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