Geraldine de Berly Named Vice Provost for Continuing and Professional Education

Geraldine de Berly
Geraldine de Berly

Geraldine de Berly has been chosen to be the new vice provost for Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) beginning in September, according to Katherine S. Newman, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs.

De Berly joins the university from Syracuse University/University College where she spent nearly 20 years serving as senior associate dean providing leadership and management of strategy and program development for distance learning. In addition, de Berly brings considerable expertise in promoting a domestic, national and international agenda.

As vice provost, de Berly will be responsible for the growth, oversight and overall leadership of the university’s CPE programs. She will work to enhance offerings and outreach through program development, new business opportunities addressing both the adult and student populations, workforce development and niche programming opportunities. 

At Syracuse, de Berly was responsible for overseeing the development of the bachelor of professional studies as well as certificate programs in creative leadership and knowledge management. The programs are fully online but also have hybrid and face-to-face formats to enable the post-traditional students to access courses at their convenience.

In the realm of international programs, de Berly has developed offerings for Fulbright English for graduate studies, executive English courses for Deloitte Touche executives, EducationUSA Academy for high school students, legal English for lawyers pursuing an LLM, Proyecta100k for the Mexican government and Turkish government-sponsored graduate students. She has much expertise in administering short- and long-term intensive English programs for both academic and discipline-based purposes.

In addition to her experience with continuing and professional education, de Berly has written and administered grants worth more than $9 million from privately and publicly funded projects and held faculty positions in the field of English as a second language.

She is a regular presenter at state, regional, national and international conferences. In addition, de Berly has given workshops on language teaching methodology to English teachers in Costa Rica, North Korea, Japan and China. Her publications include materials for English language teaching as well as journal articles.

A Cuban refugee, de Berly was educated in Miami public schools, spent summers in Europe and completed an A.B. in political science at Stanford University.

For 10 years, she lived abroad in Australia, Belgium, Costa Rica, England, Scotland and Switzerland. In addition to English and Spanish, she is fluent in French and Italian. She earned a master’s degree in applied linguistics from the University of Essex in the U.K. and a doctorate in educational administration from New Mexico State University.