New York City Council Member Recognizes Berkeley College Assistant Dean during Father's Day Tribute Luncheon

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MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2015
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Sharod Tomlinson is an Associate Minister and mentor in the Queens community


On Saturday, June 13, 2015, New York City Council Member Donovan Richards honored pillars of the Queens community at an Inaugural Father’s Day Tribute Luncheon. Among those honored was Sharod Tomlinson, Berkeley College Assistant Dean, Student Development and Campus Life, New York. 

At the event, Mr. Tomlinson received a Proclamation in honor of his commitment to youth advocacy, community development, and higher education. 

“Acknowledging and honoring the hard work of the men in our community sends an important message to our youth by highlighting their profound courage and unwavering commitment to progress and equality,” said Council Member Richards. “All of our honorees are role models for the next generation and their unyielding dedication is an inspiration to us all.” 

Mr. Tomlinson spent seven years as the Youth Pastor of St. Luke Baptist Church in Laurelton, Queens, where he now serves as Associate Minister and manages community outreach. He also has volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City; Covenant House, a New York-based initiative that supports homeless, runaway and at-risk youth; and Dean Kids Inc., an organization in Brooklyn that empowers youth through basketball and education. 

In addition to serving as an Assistant Dean at Berkeley College, Mr. Tomlinson also was Head Coach of the Women’s Basketball team for several years. He was named Co-Coach of the Year after a successful 2013-2014 season, which culminated in the team’s first-ever Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season championship. In 2009, he developed Berkeley Cares, a unifying identity for the various community service initiatives taking place at Berkeley College locations in New York and New Jersey. 

“Sharod is an inspiration to our students,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College. “We are proud of this recognition of such a deserving leader and educator.”

Read more: Click here to learn more about Sharod Tomlinson.

Mr. Tomlinson said he was proud to attend the Father’s Day Tribute Luncheon with his mother, his grandparents and his church pastors. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and New York Senator James Sanders Jr. were also in attendance. 

“I have been fortunate to work with and mentor countless youth and young adults in my community, throughout New York City, and in various other cities across this country,” Mr. Tomlinson said. “We must find the good in people and provide them with a chance in life and no matter how hard life has been for them. Everyone deserves an opportunity.” 

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, 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. 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, the School of Liberal Arts, and the School of Graduate Studies, which will begin offering a Master of Business Administration degree in Management in September 2015. 

Berkeley College has three New York locations – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are six locations – Clifton, Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In January 2015, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College one of the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Degrees for the second consecutive year.  The website address

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Photo Caption: New York Council Member Donovan Richards presents a proclamation to Sharod Tomlinson, Berkeley College Assistant Dean, Student Development and Campus Life, in honor of his commitment to youth advocacy, community development, and higher education.

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