Berkeley College and Brooklyn Community Celebrate Campus Opening



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More than 100 dignitaries, business and civic leaders from the Brooklyn community celebrated the grand opening of the Brooklyn Campus of Berkeley College located at 255 Duffield Street (off Fulton) in downtown Brooklyn on Friday, April 15.

Honored guest speaker, Marty Markowitz, President, Borough of Brooklyn, said, “If you’re a college whose specialty is business education, you couldn’t ask for a better place to be than Downtown Brooklyn. For business students, the world right outside Berkeley College’s doors is like a living classroom. Just look at all the activity in the hospitality industry on Duffield Street—with the Sheraton Brooklyn New York and, coming soon, the Aloft Hotel and the 718 Hotel. So no matter how you look at it, for a college like Berkeley, the place to be right here, right now, is Brooklyn. And I know that for Berkeley, the next 80 years will be even better than the first!”

Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President, Berkeley College, described the efforts that went into establishing the new campus and acknowledged all of those who helped to bring about this day of celebration in such a short amount of time. 

“Today we have more than 500 students taking classes at the Brooklyn Campus,” said Dr. Cortes. “Berkeley College will continue to support community and business associations and the next generation of Brooklyn citizens who can benefit from Berkeley’s outstanding record of educating and changing lives for 80 years.”

“We are extremely proud of being able to do our part in addressing the higher education needs of the Brooklyn Community and the larger New York City metro area here at this campus in this wonderful state-of-the-art facility,” said Conrad I. Walker, Berkeley College Brooklyn Campus Operating Officer. 

Following the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony the 80th Anniversary Berkeley College Legacy Timeline Exhibit was unveiled, which is now on permanent display at the Brooklyn Campus. The 9-panel Legacy Exhibit traces the 80-year Berkeley College history from its inception with The Berkeley Schools in East Orange, NJ, in 1931 and the Graybar Building near Grand Central Station, NY, in 1936, until today.

A leader in business education for 80 years, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls nearly 9,000 students — including more than 800 international students — in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree programs. The Collegehas four New York locations —Midtown Manhattan, Lower Manhattan in the Wall Street area, Brooklyn, and White Plains.  And in New Jersey there are four locations —Woodland Park, Paramus, Woodbridge, and Newark.  Berkeley College Online also offers full degree programs. Programs are offered in more than 20 career fields. The website address is

Photo by Kathryn Kirk

Photo Caption: Participants in the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Berkeley College Brooklyn Campus at 255 Duffield Street in downtown Brooklyn are(left to right): Glen Zeitzer, PhD, Provost, Berkeley College; Beth Coyle, EdD, Senior VP Administration; Kevin L. Luing, Chairman of the Board, Berkeley College; Timothy D. Luing, Trustee, Berkeley College; Conrad I. Walker, Campus Operating Officer, Brooklyn Campus, Berkeley College; Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President, Berkeley College;Michael Burke, Executive Director, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership;Hon. Marty Markowitz, President, Borough of Brooklyn;Carl Hum, President, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce;Tyrone Woods, Community Liaison, Office of  NYC Council Member Albert Vann; Cynthia Rubino, Vice President Government Relations, NY, Berkeley College;Allan Joseph, Special Assistant, Office of Congressman Edolphus Towns;and Oscar Jonas, Community Liaison, Office of NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery, 18th District.

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