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John M. Berry, Ph.D.
Vice President for University Advancement

Dr. John M. BerryJohn Marvin Berry was born and raised in Brooklyn, John holds a doctorate in Interdisciplinary Studies in Philanthropy and Leadership Management in Higher Education earned from the Union Institute and University.  His Master’s and Bachelor’s in Social Work in Administration, Policy and Organization, from Southern University at New Orleans School Work, John also earned an Associate in Applied Science degree from the State University of New York at Farmingdale A &T.  He also holds a Certification in Fund Raising Management (CFRM) and has completed extensive coursework at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University’s Fund Raising School. John has held administrative fundraising positions at Winston-Salem State University, Lincoln University in Missouri, South Carolina State University, and West Virginia State University.  John has held the following Fellowships American Council on Education Advancing to the Presidency Institute, American Association of State Colleges and Universities Millennium Leadership Initiative, Harvard’s Institutes for Higher Education Management and Leadership Education (MLE), Vanderbilt University Peabody College Summer Institute for Institutional Advancement Fellows. John is a former Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Clarence J. Jupiter Fellow; a Ruth Lilly Indiana University Center on Philanthropy Archive Fellow; and a Gilder Lehman Institute of American History Fellow at Columbia University. His articles on fundraising for smaller colleges and universities and have run in Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Currents (publication of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education), and Black Issues in Higher Education.   John was selected to serve on the review committee for The Center on Philanthropy; The School of Fund Raising at Indiana University. John has worked on capital campaigns that have raised millions of philanthropic dollars for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.


Cynthia W. Curry
Vice President of Finance and Administration/ Chief Financial Officer

Cynthia W. CurryMs. Cynthia W. Curry serves as the Vice President of Finance and Administration/ Chief Financial Officer for Florida Memorial University (Miami Gardens, FL). Her portfolio includes the areas of the Controller, Budget and Cash Management, Procurement, Human Resources, Auxiliary Services, Facilities Management, Security, Transportation and Risk Management.

Ms. Curry is a graduate of the University of Miami where she obtained her Bachelor and Master of Arts in Politics and Public Affairs. She is a longtime resident of the South Florida community, A seasoned and results-oriented business manager, Ms. Curry has served as Assistant County Manager/Senior Advisor for Miami-Dade County Office of the Mayor handling the management and oversight of a vast array of departments to include Finance, Housing, Property Appraisal, Fair Employment Practices, Economic Development and International Trade and many others. Ms. Curry has served as Senior Vice President for Business and Finance/Chief Financial Officer for Florida International University (Miami, FL), and President and Chief Executive Officer of her own company, CWC & Associates, Inc.

Drawing on her leadership roles in the business development area, Ms. Curry has extensive experience working successfully with county, municipal, private and academic sector entities to advance progress in many areas throughout the community. Ms. Curry led the charge for a successful Federal Empowerment Zone Application; led the community’s efforts for recovery after the devastation of Hurricane Andrew; served on the Governor’s Emergency Financial Oversight Board to the City of Miami as well as other note-worthy major assignments. She was a founding member of the South Florida Chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA), two-term National President of NFBPA and a recipient of the Marks of Excellence Public Service Award from NFBPA. NFBPA’s Marks of Excellence Award is the organization’s highest honor bestowed upon an African American public administrator who has achieved extraordinary success in the field of public management while demonstrating an unselfish commitment to the community. She is the recipient of many honors and awards.


Danneal L. Jones, M.S.
Vice President for Student Affairs

Danneal L. JonesDanneal L. Jones is a proven senior academic executive committed to producing premiere student programming and engagement. For more than 16 years, Ms. Jones has produced models of service and leadership in enrollment management and student affairs at several colleges in Southeast Louisiana.

The New Orleans-native joined FMU as the Dean of Students during the summer of 2010 and was promoted to Vice President of Student Affairs in 2012. In this role, Ms. Jones is responsible for producing a high quality educational and life-enriching experience for FMU students. She oversees the areas of Enrollment Management, Campus Ministry, Student Publications, Student Activities, Judicial Affairs, Student Governance & Organizations, Residential Life, Intramural Sports and Recreation, Student Health Services, TRIO Programs (Upward Bound and Student Support Services), the Career Development Center and the Student Development Center which administers counseling services. She is also a member of the President’s Leadership Team.

Ms. Jones has authored and presented nationally on issues of student success, data driven strategic planning, leadership and disaster recovery. She is a graduate of Fisk University, earning a bachelor’s degree in English. She also received her master’s degree in Counseling from Xavier University of Louisiana. She is pursuing a doctorate in Higher Education Administration at George Washington University.