Bernier’s appointment to the position of Provost in 2007 was the culmination of 20 years of teaching and service to Plymouth State. She began her career in 1988 as a staff member in athletic training and has served the University in a variety of ways since. In 1997, she was named the director of graduate and undergraduate athletic training education, and from 2000 to 2002, she served as chair of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (now Health and Human Performance). In June 2002, after a national search, Bernier was named the associate vice president for undergraduate studies. When the Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies was created in 2005, she served as acting director.
As a faculty member, Dr. Bernier’s specialty areas were injury assessment, kinesiology/biomechanics, and therapeutic modalities. As a scholar, her research focused on functional ankle instability and neuromuscular control related to proprioception and injury. Dr. Bernier has authored or co-authored two books and dozens of articles and conference presentations and has served on the editorial boards of top journals.
In her more than 20 years at Plymouth State University, Dr. Bernier has served on numerous leadership committees and demonstrated a commitment to promoting student achievement at every level. Bernier has been honored many times for her dedication to teaching and service to the University community. In 2001, she was the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Multimedia Award Winner for outstanding course design, and in 2003 she received PSU’s Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award. Dr. Bernier was honored with the New Hampshire Women in Higher Education Leadership Award in 2008.
“Dr. Bernier has earned the respect of her colleagues for her vision, educational values, and integrity,” President Sara Jayne Steen said. “She has been an extraordinary provost and worked effectively and collaboratively to ensure student success at all levels. In her, Plymouth State has a stellar academic leader.”
Dr. Bernier earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Keene State College in New Hampshire and her doctorate from the University of Virginia.