Meet Joe Bertolino
Lyndon State College’s 15th President
Joe Bertolino, Ed.D., recently completed his third year as the 15th President of Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vermont. Prior to his arrival at Lyndon, Bertolino served as Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs and Associate Professor of Student Personnel at Queens College/City University of New York from 2004-2012. Bertolino also served as the Dean for Community Development at Barnard College of Columbia University, and has worked in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania state higher education systems and the SUNY system.
Since his arrival in July 2012, Bertolino has instituted a plan of “Moving Forward.” He conducted a comprehensive listening tour and visited with some 1,000 individuals throughout the course of his first year. Additionally, he rolled out a new public relations campaign, reintroducing Lyndon State as “the college” of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. He created an active online suggestion box (Joe Wants to Know) and implemented Green and Gold Pride Days. His enthusiasm, his focus on an “ethic of care,” and his sense of humor, have helped change the tone and tenor of the campus community. The 2014–15 academic year has been designated as the Year of Social Justice at LSC.
Numerous planning efforts have been completed including a new master plan; a new strategic plan is nearing completion. Bertolino secured a $1 million gift to the College in January 2014, one of the largest in the College’s history. Existing academic programs have expanded with seven new undergraduate and two new master programs, and the concurrent hiring of five new full-time faculty members.
Recent achievements include national honors for the Electronic Journalism Arts program, which was named one of the top 10 U.S. journalism programs in 2014, and Atmospheric Sciences students who were recognized as the top student forecasters in North America. Under Bertolino’s leadership the College has taken bold steps to cultivate new audiences including current high school students, adult learners, and international students as a result of a major new partnership with Education First. Bertolino is especially proud of the College’s many programs to serve military veterans, resulting in LSC’s designation as a “Military Friendly” campus, placing Lyndon in the top 20 percent of colleges nationwide.
Administrative leadership in higher education has long been Bertolino’s passion. Beyond Lyndon State College, Bertolino is an author, lecturer, and teacher, having presented hundreds of programs to tens of thousands of students at over 600 colleges and conferences nationwide. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters, and is the co-author of Let The Games Begin, A Guide For Peer Mentors (2012) with Dr. Ruth Frisz. Bertolino has been recognized with numerous outstanding professional awards from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA), The Association of Fraternity Advisors (AFA), and the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA). Campus Activities Magazine named Bertolino “Best Diversity Artist” in 2007 and the American College Personnel Association presented him with the prestigious Annuit Coeptis Award. His undergraduate alma mater, the University of Scranton, presented him with the 2011 Frank O’Hara Award in Education—the highest award given jointly by the University and the National Alumni Society.
During 2010-2011, Bertolino served as a Fellow with the American Council on Education at the University of Houston System, under the mentorship of Chancellor Renu Khator, and at the University of Texas at Brownsville, under the mentorship of President Juliet Garcia.
Bertolino’s research interests include student immigration (with an emphasis on undocumented students and the DREAM Act), campus community development, campus social change, leadership development, service learning, multicultural worldviews, and LGBTQ student issues. He earned his Doctorate in Higher Education Administration and Organizational Leadership from Columbia University, Teachers College in 2003, a Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University in 1990, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Scranton in 1986.
He serves as a member of the Advisory Board of Catamount Arts and as a Corporator for the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital. Bertolino has also served on the Alumni Board of Governors of the University of Scranton, as Past President of the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Southern New Jersey, as a National Delegate for the YMCA of the USA, a Board Member for the American Red Cross of Queens County, and a District Commissioner and former National Vice President for Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity.
Bertolino lives with his partner of twenty years, Bil Leipold, Ph.D., and his three dogs, Livingston (a Corgi), Wanamassa (a Shih Tzu), and Willoughby Vail (a Lhasa Apso mix) and a cat named Zander. His greatest joy is his EIGHT Godchildren—Christian, Evan, Kevin, Nathan, Tara, Teresa, Remick, and Matthew—and his grandson, Roman.
Darcie Miles, Executive Assistant to the President