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Herman A. Berliner

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, The Lawrence Herbert Distinguished Professor and Professor of Economics


PHD, 1970, CUNY Gr Sch & Univ Cnt; BA, 1965, CUNY City Coll


The Lawrence Herbert Distinguished Professor, Dr. Herman A. Berliner is starting his 48th year at Hofstra University. After stepping down from provost in 2015 after 25 years in that position, Dr. Berliner once again became dean of the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, focusing his efforts on increasing and promoting international business programs, as well as student entrepreneurship. During his tenure, the Zarb School has launched a dual-degree program with a Chinese university that includes an international internship, and a student-managed investment fund. In January 2019, he returned as Provost on an interim basis. During his tenure, the Zarb School has launched a dual-degree program with a Chinese university that includes an international internship, and a student-managed investment fund.

Dr. Berliner 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.

He became provost at Hofstra University in 1989 and served in that position until July, 2015. 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 served in a number of key administrative positions, including interim dean and dean of the Frank G. Zarb School of Business (1980-1982 and 1983-1989), 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.

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 and the School of Health Professions and Humans. 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 areas of specialty as an economist include the economics of higher education. He serves as a reviewer for both Middle States and the American Bar Association. He presently also serves as a TIAA/CREF Institute Fellow, a board member and former president of the North Shore School District, and as a board member of The New 42nd Street.

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