Berea College Appoints Chad Berry As Academic V.P. and Dean

Jul 18, 2011 8 Comments by

Berea College President Larry Shinn has announced the appointment of Chad Berry as the college's academic vice president (AVP) and dean of the faculty. Berry replaces Dr. Stephanie Browner, who has accepted a position as dean at The New School for Liberal Arts in New York City. Berry will assume this position August 15, 2011.

Berry joined Berea College in 2006, when he was appointed director of the college’s Loyal Jones Appalachian Center. He also received a teaching appointment as the Goode Professor of Appalachian Studies and became professor of history.

"Now more than ever, it is an exciting time to be at Berea College, as the college continues to address educational needs from Appalachia to Afghanistan," Berry said.  "I am tremendously honored and humbled by this challenge, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure all Berea students have the highest quality education possible."

"Chad Berry brings a rich academic and administrative background to the AVP and dean’s position, which is responsible for the overall strength of Berea’s academic programs and support services," said Shinn.

Berry received his bachelor's degree in American studies from the University of Notre Dame, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He holds a master's degree in folk studies from Western Kentucky University and a doctorate in United States history with a minor in Southern African history from Indiana University.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities and work as director of both the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center and the Center for Excellence in Learning Through Service (CELTS) at Berea College, Berry served on the Labor Program Council, the faculty promotion and tenure committee, and the Scenario Planning Task force that developed strategic responses to the global financial crisis that would reduce costs yet maintain the college’s core mission and enhance educational opportunities for students in the 21st century.


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Immo kaufen says:

Congratulations Chad 😉

Bryan Erslan says:


Congratulations on your hew position! I am sure you will do a tremendous job. I wish you much success!


Erica Hanson says:


We're so very proud of you and your esteemed accomplishments. And to think, it all started with a typewriter at Kentucky Lake! Congratulations ~ we know you'll be outstanding in this role.

Much love,

Erica and Chris Hanson

Betty Dotson-Lewis says:

Chad, What a great opportunity for you and what a great blessing for Berea College. Good Luck. Betty Dotson-Lewis

Robert E. Rich says:

Chad, Congratulations. You will do an outstanding job in these positions. Will you still be Director of the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center? I certainly hope so. Robert Rich

marvin simner says:

Dear Chad,
Congratulations on your well-deserved promotion. Your knowledge and intelligence provided all of us with a most memorable seminar and tour. In your now position, you will have an opportunity to share your knowledge and love of Appalachia and the people with an even broader audience.
Phyllis and Marvin Simner

Lonnie Helton says:

Congratulations, Chad, on your appointment as Academic Vice President and Dean of the Faculty at Berea College. You are very deserving! What an emissary you continue to be for Appalachia and all people of Appalachian heritage. Your vast knowledge and scholarly commitment well prepare for your new position. Best wishes.
Dr. Lonnie R. Helton, Professor (Berea College, class of 1971)
Cleveland State Univeristy and Appalachian Studies Association

Ron Smith says:

Chad, Congratulations. Hope this is another giant step for
you + your family. All the best. Ron

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