Colorado State Dean Joyce Berry Honored as Distinguished Alumna of Yale University

The dean of Colorado State University’s College of Natural Resources will be honored as one of Yale University’s distinguished alumni on May 7.

"Colorado State University is tremendously proud of Dean Joyce Berry who exemplifies the faculty leadership at this university," said Anthony Frank, provost and senior vice president of Colorado State University. "This award from Yale University recognizes Joyce’s international leadership and innovation in the fields of forestry and natural resources education. Her direction has further elevated Colorado State’s College of Natural Resources as one of the best in the nation."

Joyce Berry, who earned a doctorate in forestry and environmental studies from Yale, has received the Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award for career leadership in forestry and natural resources education. The award will be presented at a ceremony on the Yale campus. Berry also will give the keynote address on "Essential Leadership for 21st Century Forestry" at the Yale Forestry and Environmental Studies World Forestry Jazz Symposium.

"This obviously is a tremendous honor and one that I truly believe is a clear reflection on the distinction of being a dean at Colorado State University," Berry said. "This award also is about all the people – family and colleagues, both at Yale and Colorado State, who have mentored, taught, supported and inspired me throughout my career."

Berry has been dean of Colorado State’s College of Natural Resources since 2004, after previously serving as associate dean and assistant dean. She served as director of the Environment and Natural Resources Policy Institute at Colorado State from 1994-2001. Since 1990, Berry has co-developed undergraduate, graduate and professional environmental leadership programs used by universities and organizations nationwide. She has developed, with co-authors, an assessment method and model of a world-class forest resources organization within a large paper company and completed the second 10-year integrated assessment, mandated by Congress, of forest management on Indian Trust Lands in the United States. She was an administrator and instructor at Yale before coming to Colorado State in 1989.

Berry has a master’s in regional resources planning from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s in political science from the University of California-Berkeley. Berry has published dozens of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books and textbooks.