Meet The Leadership

UC Berkeley Extension administrators work to ensure that Extension is meeting the rapidly changing educational needs of our world, while maintaining the high academic standards consistent with the University of California, Berkeley.

The University of California, Berkeley, is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). UC Berkeley Extension—like all other UC Berkeley schools, colleges and departments—is accredited by WASC through the University.

Richard Russo, Associate Vice Chancellor of Undergraduate Education and Dean of Extended Education at UC Berkeley

Richard Russo, Associate Vice Chancellor of Undergraduate Education and Dean of Extended Education at UC BerkeleyRusso has served as Dean of Summer Sessions, Study Abroad & Lifelong Learning at the University of California, Berkeley since 2011. In 2015, he assumed the role of Associate Vice Chancellor of Undergraduate Education. In 2021, he added UC Berkeley Extension to his portfolio, extending his leadership to programs that serve more than 60,000 learners, ranging from matriculated students to visiting scholars to prospective undergraduates.

Under his leadership, summer programs have expanded to include minors and certificates, internships, and a diverse range of study abroad offerings. While leading Summer Sessions, he oversaw the development of the first UC Berkeley online courses, enrollment increases of more than 30% in UC students and 80% in visiting students.

Russo completed his Bachelor of Science in Accounting at Alfred University in New York, and his Masters of Business Administration at Boston University. He is also a New York State Certified Public Accountant. He has served as the Executive Director of Administration/Chief Financial Officer for the Boston University Division of Extended Education, and as the Director of Finance and Administration for the Boston University Division of International Programs.

*Courtesy of UC Berkeley.

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