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About ULM President Ron Berry

berry headshotBerry, a native of Winnsboro, LA, and a two-time graduate of ULM, has served ULM for 25 years. He advanced through the academic ranks as assistant professor, associate professor, and full professor of Information Systems. Berry began his academic administration career as Department Head of Computer Information Systems, Interim Dean, then Dean of the College of Business and, most recently, Dean of the College of Business and Social Sciences.  

A sign stating “Student Centered: Excellence Driven” hangs in his office and serves as Berry’s motto. 

As a first-generation student who came from an impoverished household, Berry understands and appreciates ULM’s impact on students and the communities the institution serves. Forty-three percent of ULM’s undergraduate students are Pell Grant recipients, and 31 percent of the fall 2020 freshman class are first-generation. 

"The vision for ULM must continue to be to transform lives and serve as a catalyst for breaking the cycle of poverty in Northeast Louisiana and bringing true equality, inclusiveness, and opportunity for all citizens in our region."

Dr. Ronald Berry 

9th President of ULM

 

“I believe strongly that where a student begins life does not predetermine their path through life or final destination. The vision for ULM must continue to be to transform lives and serve as a catalyst for breaking the cycle of poverty in Northeast Louisiana and bringing true equality, inclusiveness, and opportunity for all citizens in our region,” stated Berry.

As Dean of the College of Business and Social Sciences, Berry has built a diverse leadership team, spearheaded the college’s academic program accreditations, received substantial external funding, made and improved alumni relations, created partnerships locally, statewide, and nationally, and built a culture of student-centered learning. 

Berry has worked closely with the Monroe Chamber of Commerce, serving two years on the executive board as Vice President for Membership and Vice President for Business Advocacy and six years on the board of directors. Berry served as chair of the United Way of Northeast Louisiana for two years and seven years as a board member. 

“It will be an honor and privilege to serve the ULM family and community as the ninth president. Throughout the search process, I was inspired and overwhelmed by the support, enthusiasm, and excitement around ULM’s future and look forward to collectively realizing our full potential,” stated Berry. 

Berry had his “partner, best friend, and wife” First Lady Dr. Christine Berry with him throughout the entire presidential search process. 


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