On Friday (April 23), Purdue President Mitch Daniels announced that Gary Bertoline, current dean of Purdue Polytechnic, will step away from that role to take on the position of senior vice president for Purdue Online and learning innovation. He will report to Provost Jay Akridge, and Purdue Online will become a unit of the Office of the Provost.
Bertoline will become the chief administrative officer of Purdue Online, responsible for coordinating all online educational programs, courses and offerings — both credit and noncredit — for the Purdue system. Bertoline also will take a lead role in the Transformative Education 2.0 initiative of Purdue’s Next Moves, responsible for the development and implementation at scale of new learning technologies.
“Purdue’s work to evolve and respond to changing needs and expectations in the delivery of education has never been more important,” Bertoline said. “I look forward to expanding on the work that has been done in this area and building new pathways, keeping students at the forefront of our thinking, planning and strategy.”
Bertoline’s appointment becomes effective May 17. Carrie Berger, current executive associate dean for research and strategic initiatives in the Polytechnic Institute, will serve as interim dean while a national search is conducted for Bertoline’s successor.