Berkeley College President Diane Recinos, EdD, Named to City & State Higher Education Power 100 List

Tuesday, March 29, 2022
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Diane Recinos, EdD, President of Berkeley College, was named to City & State New York’s 2022 Higher Education Power 100 list, featuring the most influential leaders of New York’s colleges and universities. Recinos, who was appointed president in March 2022 after more than three decades with Berkeley College, said her priorities are to focus on sustainable strategic initiatives and to ensure that students have access to quality support services and career possibilities. 

“Over the past year, college and university presidents in New York dealt with a number of issues that extend far beyond the borders of the classroom,” said City & State in an article announcing the list. “Higher education leaders have adapted to reinstating in-person teaching while revising earlier COVID-19 public safety measures. They’ve addressed urgent calls to combat racism and climate change both on and off campus. And they’ve continued to provide students with the skills they need to thrive in an ever-changing economy.” 

In addition to Recinos, the list features higher education leaders from Cornell University, New York University, Columbia University, the State Senate Higher Education Committee and other prominent organizations. 

Throughout her career, Recinos has been on the frontlines of serving students – and is their biggest advocate. She views leadership as “putting yourself in a place to mentor students.” 

Recinos began her career at Berkeley in 1992 as Director of Financial Aid and took on expanded roles in technology and analytics. As Senior Vice President, Student Success and Senior Vice President, Enrollment Management, her leadership has spanned Campus Operations, Admissions, Marketing, Student Development and Campus Life, Disability Services, Career Services, Academic Advisement, the Office of the Registrar, Institutional Effectiveness, and the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs. She became Interim President in October 2021, and was named President by the Berkeley College Board of Trustees in March 2022. 

Recinos volunteers her time as a peer evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. She served as a board member for the American Conference on Diversity, the Woodbridge Economic Development Corporation and the Woodbridge Special Improvement District, and Chairwoman of the Board of the Woodbridge Metro Chamber of Commerce. She is a fellow of the Bryn Mawr HERS Women in Higher Education Institute and of Lead New Jersey. The New York City YWCA Academy of Women Leaders recognized Recinos for her leadership and achievements in 2011. In 2016, NJBIZ named Recinos one of the Best 50 Women in Business. She is also a recipient of the William E. Short Community Service Award. 

Recinos holds a Doctorate in Education from St. John Fisher College, a Master of Business Administration degree in Management from Wagner College, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Davis and Elkins College. 

About Berkeley College

Berkeley College, founded in 1931, is a career-focused institution accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education that offers students Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs in more than 20 career fields. The College also offers continuing education programs to enhance career credentials.

Berkeley College has campuses in Midtown Manhattan, NY, and in Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park, NJ, with more than 4,000 students enrolled. In addition, Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans, for nine consecutive years. U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College (NJ) one of the Best Regional Colleges in the North in its 2022 edition of the Best Colleges Survey.  In 2021 Berkeley College (NJ) was also recognized for the first time as a Top Performer on Social Mobility among colleges in the region. The website address is