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24065: VEdrine: (news) Port-au-Prince Native to Take Charge at Mass Bay College(fwd)

From: E Vedrine <evedrine@hotmail.com>

[“Port-au-Prince Native to Take Charge at Mass Bay College”

Boston Haitian Reporter, Vol. 6, issue #1 - January 2005

[The Board of Trustees for MassBay Community College last month selected Dr.
Carole Berotte Joseph by unanimous vote as the college's fourth president.
Dr. Joseph's acceptance is pending contract negotiations and Massachusetts
Board of Higher Education approval. It is believed that Dr. Joseph, a native
of Port-au-Prince and a well-known Haitian scholar, will become the first
Haitian-American to head up a college in the United States.

Dr. Joseph is currently the Dean of Academic Affairs at Dutchess Community
College in Poughkeepsie New York. She has previously held positions at
Eugenio Maria De Hostos Community College and City College of New York and
has thirty three years of experience as an educator and administrator. She
was awarded the prestigious Kellogg Fellowship in Community College
Leadership. Dr. Joseph holds a Ph.D. in Bilingual Education and
Sociolinguistics, an M.S. in Education and a B.A. in Spanish and Education.

Boston Haitian leader Alix Cantave first met Dr. Joseph through the Haitian
Studies Association, which he founded at Tufts University 16 years ago. Dr.
Joseph served as the organization's second president.

"She is a very smart, committed person with a lot of experience in the field
of community colleges," Cantave said of Dr. Jozseph. "I think what she's
bringing to Mass Bay is her own high level intellectual experience and a
very strong commitment to communities. She's always been an activist, even
at the different colleges she worked at and she's always remained
accessible." Cantave credited Joseph with pioneering reforms to the
bilingual education system in New York and expects that she will likely play
a role in informing reforms to the Massachusetts education system as well.

"New York's loss is definitely our gain," said Cantave. That sentiment was
echoed by the board at MassBay Community College as well. "The Board
believes Dr. Joseph will sustain the achievements of the past and will raise
the College to an even broader and higher level of service to the community.
MassBay provides a unique and essential education for students from the
communities of Metrowest, Greater Boston and beyond," said Richard Forbes,
chair of the MassBay Community College Board of Trustees and a member of the
search committee. "We very much look forward to her arrival."

"I am immensely flattered to have been selected by the Board to be the next
president of MassBay Community College," said Dr. Joseph. "I have been very
impressed by the commitment of the faculty, staff, and the Trustees of the
college. This is a superb institution that provides an invaluable and
irreplaceable service to the community. I look forward to continuing to
build on its excellence."
Most recently, Dr. Berotte Joseph has served the Chief Academic Officer and
Dean of Academic Affairs at Dutchess Community College/SUNY in New York.
Prior to joining Dutchess, she served as Vice President of Academic Affairs,
Dean of Faculty and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for four years at
Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College/CUNY. She was also a Full
Professor with tenure in the Humanities Department.

Her career in higher education began at the City College of New York where
she served for over twenty years, in several capacities. She was an
Associate Professor in the Bilingual Teacher Education program at the City
College, School of Education and also served as the Principal Investigator
and first Director of the statewide HABETAC, the Haitian Bilingual/ESL
Technical Assistance Center, funded by the NYSED. She has taught at the Bank
Street College, Graduate School of Education; New York University's SEHNAP
and Indiana University's Creole Institute at Bloomington and Haiti. In 1997
she was selected as a Kellogg Fellow for the prestigious program, "Expanding
Leadership Diversity in Community Colleges".

Dr. Berotte Joseph recently was a Guest Editor for the Special Issue on
Haiti, of the Wadabagei Journal of the Caribbean and Its Diaspora and is the
author of "Haitian Creole in New York" in Fishman & Garcia (Eds.) The
Multilingual Apple: Ethnolinguistic Diversity in New York City. Berlin:
Walter de Gruyter & Co., 1997; translator of the English/Haitian Creole
Oxford Picture Dictionary, l999 ; editor of the Haitian Creole edition of
the Basic Oxford Picture Dictionary, Oxford University Press, l995 and l998
editions, and author of "The Child, the Family and the School in
Haitian-English Bilingual Education" in Foster & Valdman (Eds.) Haiti -
Today and Tomorrow: An Interdisciplinary Study. Lanham, MD: University Press
of America, 1984.

Dr. Berotte Joseph has lectured extensively and has authored/translated
numerous articles on educational policy issues facing Haitian communities in
the United States as well as in Haiti. She serves on the Editorial Boards of
several scholarly journals including the Journal of the New York State
Association for Bilingual Education and the Wadabagei Journal of the
Caribbean and its Diaspora. She is the immediate past president of the
Haitian Studies Association, (H.S.A.) an international professional
organization that promotes research and scholarship on Haiti and Haitians.
She is fluent in four languages (Haitian, French, Spanish and English).
Carole was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and has worked tirelessly as a
staunch advocate for her community.

She lives in Hyde Park, NY with her husband Andre Stines. She and her two
daughters, Marjorie and Claudine, were featured in a book entitled
"Nurturing Success" (Lee, 2000). She has also appeared in several Who's Who
publications. She holds a B.A. in Spanish with minors in French and
Education from York College, CUNY; a M. S. in Education, with
specializations in Curriculum and Teaching and Bilingual Education from
Fordham University; an Advanced Certificate in Administration and
Supervision from New York University and a Ph.D. in Sociolinguistics and
Bilingual Education from the Department of Teaching and Learning at New York
University. Her doctoral research was in the area of language use and
language attitudes. Her other areas of interest include multicultural
education and literacy development.

Massachusetts Bay Community College is one of fifteen community colleges
within the Massachusetts public higher education system. MassBay is an
open-access, accredited two-year public educational institution granting
associate degrees and certificates in a wide variety of arts, sciences, and
professional majors. Mass Bay serves Boston and the MetroWest communities
with campuses in Wellesley Hills, Framingham and Ashland.]