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About President Ron Berry

Berry, a native of Winnsboro, LA, and a two-time graduate of ULM, has served ULM for 25 years. He advanced through the academic ranks as assistant professor, associate professor, and full professor of Information Systems. Berry began his academic administration career as Department Head of Computer Information Systems, Interim Dean, then Dean of the College of Business Administration, and, later, Dean of the College of Business and Social Sciences. He was named President of ULM in September 2020.

A sign stating “Student Centered: Excellence Driven” hangs in his office and serves as Berry’s motto. As a first-generation student who came from an impoverished household, Berry understands and appreciates ULM’s impact on students and the communities the institution serves. 

As Dean of the College of Business and Social Sciences, Berry built a diverse leadership team, spearheaded the college’s academic program accreditations, received substantial external funding, made and improved alumni relations, created partnerships locally, statewide, and nationally, and built a culture of student-centered learning.

open quoteI believe strongly that where a student begins life does not predetermine their path through life or final destination. The vision for ULM must continue to transform lives and serve as a catalyst for breaking the cycle of poverty in Northeast Louisiana and bringing true equality, inclusiveness, and opportunity for all citizens in our region.close berry quote

Berry has worked closely with the Monroe Chamber of Commerce, serving two years on the executive board as Vice President for Membership and Vice President for Business Advocacy and six years on the board of directors. Berry served as chair of the United Way of Northeast Louisiana for two years and seven years as a board member.

Berry is joined with his “partner, best friend, and wife” First Lady Dr. Christine Berry, who also serves as Program Coordinator of ULM's highly regarded Risk Management and Insurance program.

"We pledge to serve you, our university and our community, with our passion, and energy, our talents and with selflessness, and to always represent ULM with honesty and integrity, gratitude and with true servant hearts. Working together, we know we will overcome our challenges with humility. We will learn from our failures and mistakes with grace, and we will do all of this with dignity to honor our university," stated Berry.