Plymouth State University President-Elect Dr. Sara Jayne Steen has announced that Dr. Julie N. Bernier, associate vice president for academic affairs and acting director of the Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies, has been appointed to serve as Plymouth State University’s Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, beginning July 1, 2006.
“Dr. Bernier has excelled in every position she has held over nearly two decades at Plymouth State University and earned the respect of her colleagues. She is a wonderful academic leader,” Steen said.
“I was thrilled when Dr. Steen asked me to join the team,” said Bernier. “I’m looking forward to playing a role in the university’s continued success and taking a leadership role in the great initiatives that are already under way.”
Bernier began teaching at the University in 1988, serving as a faculty member in athletic training. 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, Bernier was named the associate vice president for undergraduate studies. When the Frost School was created last year, she served as acting director.
Before coming to the University, Bernier served as a certified athletic trainer for a variety of schools and organizations, including the Blue Ridge School in Va., Bela Karolyi’s World Gymnastics in Texas, and Keene State College. Bernier has published and presented extensively on topics in higher education and athletic training, including undergraduate student success; first-year student engagement; functional ankle instability, and neuromuscular function.
During her 20 years in higher education, Bernier has served on over 35 University committees as well as with numerous state and national committees and organizations.
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.
Bernier received a bachelor’s degree in physical education and sports medicine and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Keene State College and a Doctor of Education in sports medicine from the University of Virginia.