Dorothea Berkhout has committed to make a bequest of $50,000 to the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy to establish the Dorothea Berkhout Endowment for Staff Professional Development. The interest from this endowment will provide financial assistance to allow staff members at the school to participate in professional training as well as to travel to and attend professional meetings.
Dr. Berkhout has been on the staff at Rutgers for over thirty years, as a New Brunswick Campus Associate Provost and – for the past twenty years – as Associate Dean of the Bloustein School, which she joined soon after the school was established. Her time at Rutgers has demonstrated to her that there is a need for funding professional development endeavors of staff.
From her own experience, starting her career with a Ph.D. in comparative literature, Dr. Berkhout understands the importance of good training and development for mastering the management and administrative skills needed to be successful in higher education.
“A major strength of the Bloustein School is the high quality of professionalism of the administrative and research staff, which is essential for a highly ranked professional school at an AAU university,” says Berkhout. “I hope that my gift will help to continue to enhance the quality of the staff of the school and ensure that the staff are well supported.”
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