PSU’s Dr. Julie Bernier Wins State Leadership Award

April 7th, 2008 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-Longtime Plymouth State University educator and administrator Dr. Julie Bernier has been recognized by the New Hampshire Women in Higher Education (NHWHEL) for outstanding leadership. PSU President Dr. Sara Jayne Steen said Dr. Bernier’s exemplary record of leadership at PSU has helped the University’s faculty, staff and students achieve excellence.

“Provost Bernier is an extraordinary problem-solver and mentor,” said Steen. “She believes in people and ideas and encourages those around her to be innovators.”

Bernier accepted the award at the NHWHEL spring conference at the University of New Hampshire April 4.

During her 20 years in higher education, Bernier has been a leader on campus and on numerous state and national committees and organizations. She has been honored 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.

Angela Matthews, PSU’s Director of Development, nominated Dr. Bernier in consideration for the NHWHEL award, citing her leadership achievements.

“It comes naturally to Julie to make connections and foster a strong network,” said Matthews. “Julie goes about her work quietly, modest to a fault; she gives credit to everyone else for our successes, though she is at the center of all the good work and positive results.”

Bernier began at PSU in 1988 as a staff member in athletic training. She has served as faculty member, director of graduate and undergraduate athletic training education, chair of the Department of Health and Human Performance, and associate vice president for undergraduate studies. Bernier became the University’s Provost in 2007.

Bernier is the author or co-author of two books and dozens of research publications and conference presentations.
Bernier received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Keene State College and a doctoral degree in sports medicine focusing on orthopedic biomechanics from the University of Virginia.

NHWHEL is affiliated with the American Council on Education, Office of Women in Higher Education that supports the advancement of women’s leadership in higher education on local, state and national levels.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or Bruce Lyndes