Syracuse University Continuing Education appoints four associate deans
University College, Syracuse University’s continuing education division, announces the appointment of four associate deans: Robert M. Colley, Geraldine de Berly, Bethaida Gonzalez and Roberta Jones. The associate deans, with Dean Charles K. Barletta, will serve as University College’s leadership team for continuing education efforts and will oversee the administration of the College’s credit programs, marketing and communications efforts, business and workforce development and student services.
Colley has been appointed associate dean of marketing and distance education. In this role, he will oversee the college’s marketing, advertising, public relations and publications efforts, including research and implementation. He will also direct the college’s development of distance and online programs. He has worked at University College since 1975, serving previously as director of Independent Study Degree Programs and as director of marketing communications and distance education. Colley holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Hamilton College and a master’s degree in philosophy of education from SU; he is currently completing a Ph.D. in philosophy of education at SU. He has attended Harvard University’s Institute for Management of Lifelong Education and the Advanced Institute for the Management of Distance Education in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Colley has published several studies and presented papers on distance education and professional ethics and has served on distance education review teams for the state education departments of New York and Kansas. He currently serves on several university committee and professional boards.
De Berly has been appointed associate dean of credit programs. She will be responsible for managing the administration of undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered by SU through University College. She will also direct the English Language Institute (ELI), which offers intensive courses for international students and professionals seeking to improve their English language proficiency. De Berly has served as director of the ELI since 1998 and prior to that was director for the Center for Intensive Training in English and an associate professor of English as a second language at New Mexico State University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Stanford University, a master of arts degree in applied linguistics from the University of Essex, England, and a doctorate in educational administration from New Mexico State University. De Berly has authored numerous publications and is a frequent presenter at educational conferences. An active professional, she has held leadership roles in several educational organizations. De Berly sits on a national accrediting body and on several University committees promoting academic excellence and international education.
Gonzalez has been appointed associate dean of student services. She will lead the delivery of student services in the areas of recruitment, admissions, advising, bursar, financial aid, and registration and will oversee the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). She will also act as the continuing education division liaison with the New York State Education Department, and will lead the college’s interaction with civic, community and government agencies. Gonzalez has served SU’s University College since 1984, holding numerous management positions including executive director of HEOP, associate director of admissions, program administrator of the masters of social sciences program and executive director of community and public service. Gonzalez received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University Center of New York at Binghamton. She earned a certificate in public administration from SU’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in 1993, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public administration from the Maxwell School. She currently presides as president of the City of Syracuse Common Council. She serves on several civic boards of directors and is a member of many university leadership committees.
Jones has been appointed associate dean of administrative operations. She is responsible for University College’s divisions of human resources, payroll, finance, budget, information systems and facilities management. Jones joined University College in 1988 as assistant director of Independent Study Degree Programs and was promoted to associate director in 1991. She was appointed director of administrative operations and finance in 1998 and promoted to assistant dean in 1999. Prior to joining University College, Jones served as registrar at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she managed registration, records, enrollment, and scheduling. Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Colgate University and a master’s degree in higher education administration from SU. She is a graduate of the HERS Management Institute for Higher Education at Wellesley College. Jones has been actively involved in various professional organizations and has held leadership roles in community organizations, particularly those focused on early childhood and elementary education.
University College, the continuing education division of SU, offers a variety of degree programs in formats tailored to the busy schedules of part-time students. Adults of all ages with work, family, and other responsibilities who seek quality higher education find it through University College. For more information, check out the University College website at www.yesu.syr.edu.