New Berkeley College President Dario Cortes, PhD, Addresses Incoming Students


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New Berkeley College President Dario Cortes, PhD, Addresses 
Incoming Students 

On the first day of his presidency at Berkeley College, Dario A. Cortes, PhD, addressed incoming students during Student Orientation at the New York City Midtown, and West Paterson, NJ, campuses. Dr. Cortes congratulated the students as they embarked on their intellectual journeys, and said that, like them, he was also starting his new journey at Berkeley College.
“How we both handle this new opportunity will say a lot about our character, strength, and potential as individuals,” Dr. Cortes said. “I am looking forward to hearing all of the great stories about this class as we journey together over the next few years.”
In speaking about the advantages of earning a degree at Berkeley College, Dr. Cortes highlighted small-class size, faculty with in-depth knowledge of the subjects they teach, and the incredible diversity of the student body.
Dr. Cortes also told students that to be successful they must master the three Cs – Courage, Commitment, and Companionship.
“Have the courage to take risks; stay committed to your academic work; and stay in the company of peers and mentors who value your dreams and the importance of securing a college education,” Dr. Cortes said.
Dr. Cortes earned a BA degree from City University of New York (CUNY) Queens College, an MA degree from the University of Virginia, and a PhD degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  He has completed post-graduate work at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania, and in 2008 he was named a Klingenstein Fellow of Columbia University Teachers College.
Before coming to Berkeley College, Dr. Cortes was President and Executive Director of The American School Foundation in Mexico City. Former positions include Vice President for Academic Affairs at Fashion Institute of Technology, the State University of New York; Dean at Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ; and Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Maryland at College Park.  In addition, Dr. Cortes has had many senior administrative and faculty positions at the Johns Hopkins University; North Carolina State University and the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Dr. Cortes has received numerous teaching awards, fellowships and honors.  He is an accomplished author, editor, lecturer and conference leader.
A leader in business education for more than 75 years, Berkeley College currently maintains an enrollment of over 6,000 students, with more than 600 international students in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree programs. The College has two New York campuses in Midtown Manhattan and White Plains, an Extension Center in Lower Manhattan in the Wall Street area, and four New Jersey campuses located in West Paterson, Paramus, Woodbridge, and Newark. In addition, the College offers Berkeley College Online and its Corporate Learning Partnership program.  All campuses are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Photo Caption: Staff and students at Berkeley College recently welcomed their new President, Dario A. Cortes, PhD, who addressed incoming students during Student Orientation at the New York City Midtown, and West Paterson, NJ, campuses. To view the first Dr. Cortes podcast go to

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