Dr. Porter Named Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs

Dear Forest Community,


I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Gerald Porter as Interim Dean of the PsyD Program and Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs. Dr. Porter joins the Forest community on August 1, 2011.


Dr. Porter brings a wealth of experience and academic leadership to Forest. He has served as Professor and Dean of the School of Education at SUNY Cortland and as Chair of the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services at SUNY Oswego, a graduate department with programs in Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, and School Psychology. Most recently, he served as Professor and Dean, School of Natural Health Arts and Sciences at Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington. In addition to his academic experience, Dr. Porter has extensive expertise and leadership in diversity, multiculturalism, and educational reform through his participation in policy making or research bodies such as the New York State Regents Work Group on Urban Education, the New York Comprehensive Center, and the Advisory Board of the Center for Intercultural and Gender Studies.


His formal education includes a bachelor of science in psychology from Regent’s College, University of the State of New York, a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in educational psychology and statistics from the University at Albany, State University of New York.


Dr. Porter has an excellent scholarly record, having published six book chapters, seven refereed articles in scholarly journals, more than a dozen invited articles, and dozens of refereed presentations throughout the United States. He has extensive grant award experience from foundations and government agencies. In addition to his scholarship and research, he has been deeply engaged in community and professional service at the national, state, and local levels.


Dr. Porter and his wife, Gail Bering-Porter, are excited about getting involved in the Springfield arts community. Gail is a recognized graphic and textile artist.

President, The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute