PLYMOUTH, NH Plymouth State University President Sara Jayne Steen has announced that Dr. Julie N. Bernier will become the University’s provost and vice president for academic affairs beginning October 15. Bernier had been serving as the interim provost since July 2006.
“Dr. Bernier has earned the respect of her colleagues for her vision, educational values, and integrity,” Steen said. “She has been an extraordinary interim provost and worked effectively and collaboratively to ensure student success at all levels. In her, Plymouth State has a stellar academic leader.”
“I am honored and humbled to have been asked to serve as provost,” said Bernier. “Plymouth State University is a community of people that care deeply about our students and about each other, it is more than an institution of higher learning.”
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, after a national search, Bernier was named the associate vice president for undergraduate studies. When the Frost School was created in 2005, she served as acting director.
“I have been proud to serve Plymouth State University for nearly 20 years as a member of the staff, faculty, a department chair and as associate vice president for undergraduate studies,” Bernier said. “I look forward to the coming years and the great things that we will accomplish together.”
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.