Provost

Dr. Herman A. Berliner, PhD

Dr. Herman A. Berliner, Hofstra University’s Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs first become provost in 1989 and served in that position until July 2015. He has returned to the Provost position effective January 1, 2019.  The provost and senior vice president for academic affairs is second in command to the president at the University. In that role, Dr. Berliner was responsible for all the Colleges, Schools and academic programs of the University, as well as the Libraries, the Hofstra Museum, and the Saltzman Community Services Center.

Dr. Berliner has also served in several other key administrative positions, including dean of the Frank G. Zarb School of Business (1980-1982, 1983-1989, and 2015-2018), associate provost and associate dean of faculties (1978-1983), acting dean of the School of Education (1983-1984), associate dean of University Advisement (1975-1976) and assistant provost (1976-1977). During his first tenure leading the Zarb School of Business, Dr. Berliner was a key member of the team that secured national AACSB accreditation for graduate business programs, as well as re-accreditation of the undergraduate program.

Dr. Berliner, the Lawrence Herbert Distinguished Professor, joined Hofstra University in 1970 as an assistant professor of economics after having earned a Ph.D. in economics from the City University of New York Graduate School. He was awarded tenure in 1975, promoted to associate professor in 1978 and to professor in 1985. As a faculty member, Dr. Berliner has taught economics courses on both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and he has also served on a number of doctoral dissertation committees for the School of Education.

While in the provost's office and prior to becoming provost, Dr. Berliner was a motivating force in establishing the University's mandatory Course and Teacher Evaluation Program, the Honors Program, the Peer Teaching Program and the University Tutorial Program. As provost, Dr. Berliner played a vital role in the establishment of the School of Communication, as well as Honors College, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of Health Professions & Human Services, and Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. He also worked with the Joint Board of Overseers for the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine at Hofstra University.

Dr. Berliner earlier in his career directed or co-directed four major scholarly conferences at the University, including the University's 50th Anniversary Celebration, a convocation and conference on "Higher Education Today and Tomorrow" as well as a conference on "The Evolution of Education in Collegiate Schools of Business: Past, Present and Future" and conferences on "Chocolate: Food of the Gods," and "Money: Lure, Lore and Liquidity.” In 2016, he directed the Zarb School’s 50th Anniversary Symposium on the future of business education.

Dr. Berliner's area of specialty, as an economist, is the economics of higher education. He serves as a reviewer for both Middle States, the American Bar Association, and EFMD/EQUIS. He presently also serves as a TIAA/CREF Institute Fellow, and as a board member of The New 42nd Street. He is also a former board member and president of the North Shore School District,