He replaces Garry Brewer, who left the deanship of
UC Berkeley Extension in July 2001 to return to Yale
Sherwood, 55, currently associate dean in the Division
of Continuing Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln,
has more than 30 years of faculty and administrative
experience at five higher education institutions.
A historian by training, Sherwood started his career
at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1980 as assistant
professor, then moved to the administrative side in
1989. Before becoming associate dean, Sherwood headed
the division's distance education department and rose
to national prominence speaking and writing about
technology in education.
From 1997 through 2000, he served as the principal
investigator for a $21 million U.S. Department of
Education grant to place a complete, accredited high
school diploma sequence on the World Wide Web.
"We know that today, life-long learning has become
a crucial component to an individual's education.
UC Berkeley Extension has been a leader in the field,
and with James E. Sherwood at the helm, we look forward
to experienced leadership and insightful innovation,"
Sherwood has been active for more than 10 years in
national continuing education associations and currently
serves on the board of directors of the University
Continuing Education Association (UCEA), the country's
preeminent continuing education professional association.
"It used to be you'd go to college and have what
you needed to last a lifetime," said Sherwood on the
role of continuing education in today's society. "Those
days are gone. You can't take the knowledge you gained
at 18 or 20 and use it the rest of your life."
Sherwood is particularly looking forward to building
a strong connection between UC Berkeley Extension
and the campus's professors and researchers.
"UC Berkeley professors have so much to contribute
within their field and in society. A connection with
Extension can offer UC Berkeley professors access
to people working in the field," said Sherwood.
"We're delighted that Jim will be bringing his energy,
enthusiasm and expertise to UC Berkeley Extension,"
says Mary Beth Almeda, extension's assistant dean
for online and distance learning, who has worked with
Sherwood at UCEA for more than 10 years. "Extension
will benefit greatly from Jim's national leadership
in continuing education."
Born and raised outside Albany, New York, Sherwood
holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in history from Pennsylvania
State University and a B.S. from Canisius College.
He and his wife, Nanci, a registered nurse, plan to
relocate to the Bay Area this summer.
UC Berkeley Extension was founded in 1891 as the
continuing education branch of UC Berkeley. For more
information, see www.unex.berkeley.edu.