ADA — A Tennessee educator with expertise in integrating academic learning with student development in order to maximize learning and help students achieve their goals has been named vice president for student development at East Central University.

Dr. Diane R. Berty, dean of students at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn., will take over ECU’s student development responsibilities in January.

At APSU, she serves as an advocate for students and helps lead efforts to provide a campus climate that fosters multiculturalism and internationalism, student success, personal development and integrated student learning experiences.

“Dr. Berty has a wealth of experience in every facet of student development," said ECU President Richard Rafes. "She understands the importance of providing activities and services that will help students be successful in and after college, and that students need to take responsibility for their learning while engaged in these activities.

“She will contribute greatly to ECU's student-centered approach,” he added.

Berty, who has held a number of positions at Austin Peay since 1978, was an interim associate vice president for student affairs and chief student affairs officer during the 2005-06 academic year.

She developed and has taught an upper division undergraduate leadership course for the Austin Peay President’s Emerging Leaders Program and a leadership minor since 1996. She also has taught the class for the Tennessee Board of Regents On-line Regents Degree Program since 2002.

Berty began her career as a nurse and became a staff nurse at APSU in 1978. She was director of health services from 1980 to 1990, reassumed the position in 1999 and remains the director today.

She authored and was awarded several alcohol and other drug prevention grants from the U.S. Department of Education, totaling nearly $376,000, which helped her design, develop and implement a new student affairs department, LifeChoices/Alcohol and Drug Prevention, which she directed from 1990 to 1996. LifeChoices was the university-wide programming structure for proactive preventative wellness education and leadership development.

She was director of the Student Development Center from 1996 to 2001. She was the dean for student development from 2001-05 before becoming interim associate vice president last year.

Berty also had oversight responsibility for APSU's $14 million, 70,000 square-foot recreation center construction project that is anticipated to open in January.

She received an associate degree in nursing from APSU, a bachelor's degree in health arts from the College of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill., a master's degree in health and physical education and public health from APSU, and a doctor of education degree in administration and supervision from Tennessee State University.

At ECU, Berty succeeds Dr. Gerald Williamson, who had held the position since 1985 and asked to become involved in fund-raising this year. He now is assistant vice president for advancement. Kathy Johnson, director of student activities, has been interim vice president for student development this semester.

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