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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2017
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DARIO A. CORTES OF BERKELEY COLLEGE RECOGNIZED
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Dario A. Cortes, PhD, Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances, Berkeley College, and Executive Director, Berkeley College Foundation, Inc., was recognized for his contributions to education at The Institute for Latino Studies signature event, the Illustrious Awards, held on September 23, 2017, in Newark, NJ. The ceremony honored 57 Latino leaders from the tristate area for their dedication to their communities through initiatives in business, education, government, the arts, and many other areas.
“Dr. Cortes was selected among the distinguished Latinos honored at the Illustrious Awards ceremony because of his major contributions in the area of education – specifically his innovative and encouraging style when he was President and now as an administrator of Berkeley College,” said Maria Teresa Montilla, PhD, President, Institute for Latino Studies and the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey. “He is a Latino icon and we are very proud of his work in education.”
Dr. Cortes served as the President of Berkeley College from 2008 to 2015. During his presidency, he led the College through a period of reorganization and expansion, including, the creation of five schools to align academic programs with Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Graduate’s degrees and certificate programs.
As Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances, Dr. Cortes continues to lead Berkeley College’s efforts to educate first-generation and underserved students. In April 2017, Dr. Cortes contributed to the launch of the institute’s Bridge to College and Careers program, which offers mentorship, career exploration, workshops and Advanced Placement college courses to New York City high school students.
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As Executive Director of Berkeley College Foundation, Inc., Dr. Cortes is responsible for managing events and activities that will support the 501(c)(3) charitable organization in its mission to raise scholarship funds that are primarily awarded to Berkeley College students.
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“At Berkeley College, our mission is to spark inspiration in the leaders of tomorrow,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College, who delivered welcoming remarks at the Illustrious Awards. “We hope that the accomplishments of Dr. Cortes and fellow honorees of The Illustrious Awards continue to inspire future generations to achieve greatness.”
Dr. Cortes is a distinguished scholar and lecturer who has authored two books on Latin American literature. He was re-appointed as Commissioner of Middle States in 2016, and is active in many community, civic, and professional organizations.
Photo Caption: Dario A. Cortes, PhD, Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances, Berkeley College, and Executive Director, Berkeley College Foundation, Inc. (center), receives recognition for his contributions to education at The Institute for Latino Studies signature event, the Illustrious Awards, held on September 23, 2017, in Newark, NJ. Also pictured above is Martin Perez, Esq., Partner, Perez & Bombelyn, and Founder, the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey (left); and Maria Teresa Montilla, PhD, President, Institute for Latino Studies and the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey.
A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 8,000 students – including more than 550 international students – in its Master’s, Bachelor’s and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers an MBA in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.
Berkeley College has five New Jersey campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For four consecutive years, 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. The website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.
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