Berkeley College names Pollard its new provost

Berkeley College announced Friday it has named Marsha Pollard as its new provost, effective Dec. 17, 2018.

“Dr. Pollard is a strong, visible and engaged leader who believes in the mission of Berkeley College,” Michael J. Smith, Berkeley College president, said. “She brings a commitment to excellence that is synonymous with our mission of empowering students to achieve lifelong success in dynamic careers.”

Pollard has nearly two decades of experience in higher education and has served in academic administration, strategic planning and operational roles at Stony Brook University and New York University. She most recently served as interim executive vice president for academic affairs at American International College.

“Berkeley College is a student-centric, practitioner-oriented teaching institution that is committed to providing students with a high-quality education that is accessible, affordable, robust, and relevant,” Pollard said. “At Berkeley, the success of our students is our primary goal, and I look forward to working with the college’s faculty, staff and administration on initiatives to further improve our students’ educational and co-curricular experiences, retention, and timely degree completion.”

Berkeley College has four New Jersey campuses located in Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. It also has three New York campuses — Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains — and an online school.