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Bergh Receives National Recognition

JSC’s Dean of Students Receives National Recognition

April 27, 2012

April 27, 2012 – David Bergh, dean of students at Johnson State College, has been accepted into the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) as a protege in the MLI Class of 2012.

The recognition by AASCU represents a major achievement for Bergh. Many past MLI graduates have gone on to higher positions at U.S. colleges and universities; 59 graduates have assumed presidencies.

Bergh has worked in student affairs at JSC for 15 years and has served as dean of students since 2005. As the senior student affairs officer, he oversees residence life, public safety, health and counseling services, service learning, athletics and recreation, student activities and government, and Upward Bound. Bergh has co-oversight of the office of first-year experience with the dean of academic affairs. A member of the President’s cabinet, he is involved in all major college planning efforts. He serves as the College’s Title IX officer.

Active in the local community, Bergh has been appointed to both the Town of Johnson and Lamoille County planning commissions. He serves on the board of directors of Laraway Youth and Family Services, a non-profit alternative education and therapeutic foster care agency located in Johnson. Bergh advises the Vermont State Colleges (VSC) Student Association and chairs the VSC Student Affairs Council.

Earlier in his career at JSC, he served as the president of the Vermont state chapters of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).

Bergh earned a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Vermont, where his dissertation focused on successful first-generation and low-income college students. He received a master’s in public administration from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany (SUNY) and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Allegheny College.