Teri Duda, Senior Vice President, Berkeley College Government Relations, was recognized for her contributions to education during a Women’s History Month ceremony held at the Borough Council meeting on April 4, 2018, in Woodland Park, NJ. Ms. Duda was one of three women who were honored. She accepted the award for Leading Executive in Higher Education.
Also recognized were Marge Barilari, Chairwoman, Mayor’s Committee on Good and Welfare, as a dedicated volunteer aiding families in their time of need, and Eileen Tiernan, Captain, Woodland Park Police Department, as a woman in law enforcement who is serving in a senior command rank.
Keith Kazmark, Mayor, Woodland Park, NJ, had praise for both Berkeley College and Ms. Duda. “Berkeley College has long been a friend to Woodland Park,” he said. “Not only has she been a friend, Teri has been a partner in the community.”
During her career at Berkeley College, Ms. Duda has held the positions of Campus Operating Officer; Administrative Director; Director, Agency Relations; Vice President, Workforce Development; Vice President, External Affairs; and in 2010, Senior Vice President, Government Relations. In this role, Ms. Duda provides a direct line of communication between Berkeley College and elected officials and is responsible for conveying the needs of Berkeley College and its students on the municipal, county, state and federal levels. She has created and coordinated many important New Jersey state partnerships and programs.
Ms. Duda serves on the boards of directors for several Chambers of Commerce, including the Greater Paramus and Greater Paterson chambers. She also served on the Newark Regional Business Partnership Board, the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the membership task force for the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey. She currently serves on the Private Enterprise Political Action Committee Board for the Commerce and Industry Association. Ms. Duda is also a commissioner on the State Employment and Training Commission. In 2011 and 2012, she served on the planning board for the Governor’s Conference on Women.
Ms. Duda is a Bloustein Fellow of the John Heldridge Leadership Institute on Workforce Development from Rutgers University. She has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Paramus Education Foundation, and recognized by Women in Faces of New Jersey; Garden State Woman Magazine; and as one of the top 50 Women in Business by NJ BIZ.
Her list of honors includes receiving the Hero Award from the Boys and Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic, the Shirley Chisholm Catalyst for Change Award from then Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver, the Women of Excellence Award from then Deputy Speaker of the New Jersey Assembly Shavonda Sumter, the Hats for Hope Community Service Award from Paterson Team Hope, and the Vision Award from the Paramus Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Duda was named a Paul Harris and Walter D. Head Fellow through Rotary International for her creation of significant partnerships.