Dr. Joe Bertolino recently completed his first year as the 15th President of Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vermont. Prior to his arrival at Lyndon, Dr. 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. Dr. 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 last July, President Bertolino has instituted a plan entitled “Moving Forward.” Throughout the course of his first year, he conducted a comprehensive listening tour, visiting with some 1,000 individuals throughout the year. Additionally, he rolled out a new public relations campaign, reintroducing Lyndon State as “the college” of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. His enthusiasm, his focus on an “ethic of care,” and his sense of humor, has help change the tone and tenor of the campus community. Numerous planning efforts are under way including a new strategic plan, master plan, and adult and continuing education plan. Dr. Bertolino recently secured a $1M gift to the college, one of the largest gifts in the Lyndon State College’s history.
During 2010-2011, Dr. 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.
Administrative leadership in higher education has been Dr. Bertolino’s passion for the past twenty years. Beyond Lyndon State College, Dr. 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. Dr. 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 Joe “Best Diversity Artist” in 2007 and the American College Personnel Association presented Joe with the prestigious Annuit Coeptis Award. Recently 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.
Dr. 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.
Dr. Bertolino serves 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, a member of the Advisory Board of Catamount Arts and as a Corporator for the Northern Vermont Regional Hospital. He has also served 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.
Dr. Bertolino lives with his partner of twenty years, Dr. Bil Leipold, 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.