SUNY Morrisville hires new dean of School of Liberal Arts, Sciences & Society

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MORRISVILLE, N.Y. —  Aníbal Torres Bernal is the new dean of the School of Liberal Arts, Sciences & Society at SUNY Morrisville, beginning July 10. 

Torres has extensive experience in higher education, the majority of which has been in applied education. Torres is the first dean of SUNY Morrisville’s School of Liberal Arts, Sciences & Society, one of two new schools within the college formed after reorganizing and restructuring programs previously distributed across four schools.

“Dr. Torres is committed to fostering a supportive and enriching educational environment for our students and has shown a true appreciation for a commitment to educational excellence,” said SUNY Morrisville Provost Barry Spriggs. “His clear vision positions the college well to capitalize on future opportunities through partnerships, collaboration and inclusivity.”  

Most recently, Torres served as associate dean of the Division of Counseling and Family Therapy at Regis University in Colorado. Prior to that, he was mental health program director at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus. 

Throughout his career, Torres has held academic, administrative and clinical appointments at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Syracuse University, Fairfield University, Indiana University and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

His expansive and diverse academic career includes serving in numerous leadership positions in academic administration, advancement, budget and fiscal management, clinical administration and supervision, curriculum and programmatic development, diversity and inclusion, enrollment management, faculty affairs and strategic management.

His varied research interests, publications and presentations reflect his passion for higher education administration and leadership, especially as it relates to the betterment of services for underrepresented, underserved populations.

Torres is a member of the American Family Therapy Academy, a clinical fellow and approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). 

He also serves as a site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) and has chaired the AAMFT Minority Fellowship Program Advisory Committee. 
Torres earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in marriage and family therapy, both from Syracuse University.