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Carolynn Berry

Position: Senior Associate Provost Department: Winston-Salem State University

Contact Info

Office: Blair Hall Room 201 Phone: 336-750-2110


Dr. Carolynn Berry is Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and is a professor of Exercise Science. Since joining the WSSU faculty as an assistant professor in 1985, Dr. Berry has served in a number of roles that have increased in responsibility.

From 1988 until 2000, she served as chair of the Department of Physical Education. She held a six-month administrative internship in WSSU’s Office of the Chancellor in 1997, served as the interim director of general studies, co-chaired the university’s Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation reaffirmation team from 1998-2000, and served as an assistant to the vice chancellor for academic affairs for assessment.

Dr. Berry was named director of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning in 2002. Between 2003 and 2010, she has served as the assistant provost for planning, assessment, and research and in 2010 was appointed as the associate provost for curriculum and assessment. During the 2006-2007 academic years, she served as interim dean of University College. In August 2007 Dr. Berry was appointed interim dean of WSSU’s School of Graduate Studies and Research. She lead the university’s committee on institutional effectiveness for its reaffirmation with SACS in 2009- 2010. In 2012-2013 she served as the interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and between 2013 and 2015 as the interim director of Enrollment Management both while continuing to serve as the associate provost. In 2014, she was named as the university’s SACS liaison and lead a successful 5th Year Review process that included a review of the distance nursing programs.

She has authored or co-authored numerous academic articles and has presented at many conferences across the country both in her academic discipline of exercise physiology and in the areas of institutional effectiveness, student retention and student learning outcomes assessment. Dr. Berry has also been the principal investigator of several funded grants. She served as a team leader for the National Graduation Rate Outcomes Study and has been a consultant with several universities in the area of institutional effectiveness and outcomes assessment. Most recently she has lead a university team that is part of a national project through the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) to Reimagine the First Year of College and is leading WSSU’s efforts in a Teagle Foundation funded American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) project on Curriculum Coherence and Efficiency. 

Dr. Berry has served on numerous committees and boards including: Forsyth County American Cancer Society Health Services Committee; Forsyth County American Red Cross Health Services Committee; Wellness Improvement for State Employees Advisory Board; Forsyth County Fitness Council; Forsyth County Be Healthy Coalition; Special Children’s School; and editorial board of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Research in Physical Education; and as the president of the Piedmont Flyers. She currently serves as the executive director of the Southeast Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Cycling Center in Winston-Salem.

While completing her undergraduate degree, she had the opportunity to do two internships in the North Carolina governor’s office. She was inducted into the honor society Phi Kappa Phi at Texas A&M University.

Educational Background

  • BS, Wake Forest University
  • MS, Wake Forest University
  • PhD, Texas A & M University in College Station