Richard Berman is the Dean of the Patel College of Global Sustainability, Visiting Social Entrepreneurship Professor at the MUMA College of Business, and a Courtesy Professor at the Institute for Innovation & Advanced Discovery at the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL. A recognized global leader in health care education and management, he has consulted for the Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, McKinsey & Company, and the government of Rwanda.
From 1972 to 1974, he worked in Washington, DC for the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. He carried this knowledge with him to Albany, New York, where he was a cabinet official from 1977 to 1982, first as Director of the New York State Office of Health Systems Management and then as Commissioner of the Division of Housing and Community Renewal. He was Executive Vice President of NYU Medical Center and Professor of Health Care Management at the NYU School of Medicine from 1983 to 1986 and then joined McKinsey & Company as a Management Consultant. Following this, he spent four years in various roles in the executive search field with Korn Ferry International and Howe-Lewis International. In 1995, Richard was selected by Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY to serve as its tenth President. Richard served as President from 1995 to 2009 and is credited with turning the struggling college into a high-ranking liberal arts college.
A hands-on leader, Richard has dedicated his life to improving health, education, housing, and a civil society; domestically and globally. He has served as New York State commissioner of housing and economic development, the Commission on Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Equality of the American Council on Education, Division III President's Council of NCAA, ProPAC, New York State's Commissioner's Advisory Council on Higher Education, and as a trustee of State University of New York (SUNY). He also served as an advisor to the Joint Special Representative of the African Union - United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) - at the time, the largest peacekeeping operation in the world. Previously, he served as the Executive Vice President of New York University (NYU) Medical Center and Professor of Health Care Management at the NYU School of Medicine.
He is currently an elected member of the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, and is on the Board of EmblemHealth, a healthcare company, as Chairman of the Quality of Care Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. He is a current member of the Seeds of Peace Board of Directors, in which he served as the Chairman of the board from 2006 to 2012. He also serves as a board member for the Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development in Abuja, Nigeria and Emergency USA.
Richard attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1966 and his MBA and MPH degrees in 1968. He holds an honorary Doctor of Laws from Manhattanville College and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from New York Medical College.