Berkeley College Appoints Gbubemi Okotieuro Vice President for Government Relations, New York

, 2014

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Gbubemi Okotieuro has been appointed to the position of Berkeley College Vice President for Government Relations, New York. In this role, Mr. Okotieuro will execute a proactive government affairs strategy while reaching out to local, regional, state and federal elected officials in New York State to promote the College’s mission to prepare students for career success.

“As a long-time administrator in public sector education and a Brooklynite as well, Mr. Okotieuro will serve as a strong liaison for Berkeley College,” said Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President of Berkeley College. “Mr. Okotieuro will be instrumental in promoting awareness about the mission of Berkeley College. This includes communicating the needs of our students and other issues that impact higher education and the communities we serve in the five boroughs, including our locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains,” added Dr. Cortes.

Previously, Mr. Okotieuro served nine years as Associate Dean, Office of Government and External Relations, and three years as Director, Government and Community Relations at Medgar Evers College, City University of New York (CUNY). Highlights of his career at CUNY include the procurement of $300 million from city and state government for multiple college capital investments and program initiatives. In addition, Mr. Okotieuro initiated strategies that led to the completion of a new Science, Health and Technology research lab and classroom facility that cost $260 million, and included matching city and state funds. He has taught graduate courses in public policy at Queens College, CUNY, and undergraduate courses in Public Policy at Medgar Evers College, CUNY.

Mr. Okotieuro has an undergraduate degree in Film Production and Theatre Arts from CUNY and a graduate degree in Public Administration from Baruch College, CUNY. He serves on the boards of the Sauti Yetu Center for African Women and Families, NYC, and the Women of Color Arts and Film Festival, Atlanta, GA.

Berkeley College provides traditional and online degree options and blended learning opportunities to prepare students for careers in some of today’s most in-demand professions. Berkeley College was recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Best Colleges in the Online Bachelor Degree category. Students at Berkeley College benefit from a supportive, flexible, global learning environment that connects them with workplace experience in their areas of study before graduation.

A leader in providing career-focused education for more than 80 years, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,000 students — including more than 900 international students — in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. The College has three New York locations — Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are six locations — Woodland Park, Paramus, Woodbridge, Newark, Clifton and Dover. Berkeley College Online also offers full degree programs. Programs are offered in more than 20 career fields. The website address is


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