Dr. Dario A. Cortes was appointed Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances, in September 2015. In this role, he will help strengthen Berkeley’s presence and reputation in New York City and in Higher Education as well as help establish new relationships that will benefit both Berkeley College and the diverse communities it serves.
Dr. Cortes was President of Berkeley College from 2008 through 2015. Prior to joining Berkeley College, he held several senior level administrative positions including the President and Executive Director of the American School Foundation in Mexico City; Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Fashion Institute of Technology; Dean at Fairleigh Dickinson University; and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Dr. Cortes completed post-doctoral work at University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University and Teachers College at Columbia University, where he was a Klingenstein Fellow. He earned his Doctorate degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, a Master’s degree from the University of Virginia, and a Bachelor’s degree from Queens College, City University of New York.
Dr. Cortes has extensive experience in higher education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has a solid foundation in strategic planning, program & curricula development and student success. In addition, he has comprehensive experience in academic and business partnerships at local, national, and international levels. As Commissioner for the Middle States Commission for Higher Education he fully understands the accrediting process, as well as the importance of self-regulation, peer review, institutional effectiveness and compliance.
Dr. Cortes is an accomplished author, lecturer, and conference leader. He is active in many community, civic, and professional organizations. He has written two books and published many articles on Latin American Studies.