I regret to announce that Senior Vice President and Provost Herman Berliner has announced that he will be stepping down from his administrative position effective August 31, 2015. Dr. Berliner will be returning to the faculty of the Economics Department, following a long-delayed and well-deserved sabbatical. It is not an overstatement to say that Dr. Berliner has played a pivotal role in the history of Hofstra University. When he leaves office, Dr. Berliner will have served as Provost for 25 years, and before his appointment as provost, also served as the Dean of the Zarb School of Business and Interim Dean of the School of Education. During his time at Hofstra, he has served with distinction, always demonstrating collegiality, grace, dedication and integrity. I am fortunate to count Dr. Berliner not only as an important colleague, but also as a very good friend. While I am sorry to lose his services as an administrator, I am very pleased that he will be remaining at Hofstra as a member of the faculty. With Dr. Berliner’s permission, I am sharing with you his letter of resignation to me:
As we have discussed in person, I am writing to give you formal notice of my decision to step down as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the end of the 2014-15 academic year. I think it is important to give you more than a year’s notice, so that there is maximum time for a comprehensive search. I very much appreciated your asking me to continue serving as Provost when you became President, and I believe that the years of your presidency are defining moments in the history of the University.
At the end of the 2014-15 academic year, I will have been in the Provost’s position for a quarter of a century. Prior to that time, I served for eight (8) years as the Frank G. Zarb School of Business Dean and also served as Interim Dean of the School of Education, as well as Associate Provost, and Associate Dean of Advisement. I am honored to have had these opportunities for this many years, and honored to have worked with the faculty and our entire community to enhance the education of our students. In my years as Provost, I have had the opportunity to recommend establishing the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, Honors College, and the School of Health Sciences and Human Services. I have also worked closely on the establishment of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. These new schools and the areas they represent are transformative for our University, and I am proud to have been a part of these important initiatives.
My strong commitment to shared governance has helped strengthen the collaboration necessary for a strong University to move forward. And my involvement in the 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011 faculty collective bargaining negotiations has helped these negotiations to succeed. I am pleased to have had the opportunity to make a difference.
I am looking forward to returning to the faculty and will enjoy my continued work with faculty and students. I look forward to a sabbatical after next year (my first leave in 44 years at the University) to pursue my academic interests, and thereafter I look forward to returning to the faculty to teach and to more fully participate in the many outstanding activities that are always taking place on our campus. And if needed, I am always willing to consider being involved with any special project in which my experience and expertise would be helpful to you and to our University.
I thank everyone at the University for their efforts and particularly thank my colleagues in the Provost’s office as well as the Deans and administrators for their support, collaboration, and cooperation. Our University is well positioned to prosper in a challenging environment for private higher education. I look forward to contributing to our future growth and distinction as a faculty member and once again thank you and the entire community for the opportunities I have had and the opportunities that lie ahead.
Herman A. Berliner
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs