Victor Berlin

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Victor Berlin
Nationality American
Education Northwestern University (Ph.D.)
Cornell University(B.A.)
Occupation Educator
Known for Founder of the University of Fairfax

Victor Berlin is an American educator specializing in information security who has founded and led several accredited post secondary institutions, including the University of the Potomac and the University of Fairfax. He was president of the University of Fairfax until 2010.[1] Currently, Berlin serves as the President of Mission Critical Institute, which supports American universities offering online education programs in cybersecurity.[2][3]


Berlin earned his bachelor's degree from Cornell University, serving on the business board of Cornell's Daily Sun in 1966 and 1967.[4] In 1975, he was awarded a PhD by Northwestern University's Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science.[5][6] An article based upon Berlin's 1974 dissertation, "Organizational Structure and Effectiveness: An Administrative Experiment in an Urban Health Department," was published in the IEEE's Transactions on Engineering Management.[7][8]


Early career[edit]

From 1973 to 1975, Berlin was an Assistant Professor of Management (Administrative Sciences) at Boston College's Carroll School of Management.[6] He then served as Chief of Experimental Methods for the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (then known as the National Bureau of Standards) Experimental Technologies Incentives Program.[9][10] In 1979, he became a vice president of General Communications, Inc. (GCI,) a Rockville, Maryland-based career college offering vocational training, serving in that capacity until 1991.[11]

Potomac College[edit]

In 1991, Berlin left GCI and became president of Potomac College, now University of the Potomac, in Rockville.[12][13] The college was operated by the Potomac Education Foundation and offered working adults the opportunity to complete bachelor's degrees in management or microcomputer systems management while working full-time and completing projects on the job. In December 1994, Potomac College received accreditation. Potomac was acquired by private investors in 1995 and reorganized as a for-profit university headquartered in the District of Columbia.[11] Prior to its accreditation, Maryland regulators had temporarily suspended college operations after alleging several violations of state standards at Potomac, including inadequate library, curriculum and faculty resources; poor recordkeeping; and admission of students who lacked the required two years of college education.[11] The executive director of the Accrediting Council called Maryland's restrictions on Potomac "asinine," and characterized its actions as "more the result of a personal vendetta than any legitimate concerns for the institution."[13]

Anteon International Corporation and Rockwell University[edit]

In 1996, Berlin headed the training division at Anteon International Corporation in Fairfax, Virginia, providing courses in Oracle, Java and e-commerce for technical professionals.[14] In 2000 he persuaded Anteon executives to establish Rockwell University to offer master's degrees in e-commerce. Rockwell was approved to enroll students in November 2000, at a time when Anteon was preparing for a public offering. In June 2001 the university was acquired by Pinnacle Software Solutions, a technology training company. Berlin stayed on as president of Rockwell until December 2001.[11]

University of Fairfax[edit]

In 2002, Berlin founded the University of Fairfax, accredited by DEAC. which offers online instruction and issues graduate degrees (Master of Science, D. Sc. and DIA) and graduate certificates in Information Systems Security.[15] In November 2007, Fairfax announced a collaboration with Jones International University's School of Business to offer a dual degree program leading to both a master's or doctoral degree from Fairfax and a Master of Business Administration in Information Security Management from Jones International.[16] Berlin served as president of the university until 2010.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "University of Fairfax announces new president" (PDF). University of Fairfax. 17 September 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Berlin, Victor (2015), "Addressing the Growing Shortage of Cybersecurity Professionals By Creating a Cybersecurity Talent Pipeline", United States Cybersecurity Magazine, 3 (6): 66–67 
  3. ^ "Advancing cybersecurity careers and thought leadership". Mission Critical Institute. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "The Cornell Daily Sun 1966-67 85th Editorial Board". The Cornell Daily Sun. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Northwestern University One Hundred and Seventeenth Annual Commencement" (PDF). Northwestern University. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "University General Catalog 1975-76", Boston College Bulletin, 47 (2): 75, 17 March 1975 
  7. ^ Berlin, Victor (1974), "Organizational Structure and Effectiveness: An Administrative Experiment in an Urban Health Department", IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, EM-21 (2): 57–72., doi:10.1109/tem.1974.6448467 
  8. ^ Berlin, Victor (1974). Organizational Structure and Effectiveness: An Administrative Experiment in an Urban Health Department (Ph.D.). Northwestern University. 
  9. ^ Berlin, Victor (1978), "Administrative Experimentation: a methodology for more rigorous "muddling through"", Management Science, 24 (8): 789–799, doi:10.1287/mnsc.24.8.789 
  10. ^ Tassey, Gregory (19 September 2013). "Innovation in innovation policy management: The Experimental Technology Incentives Program and the policy experiment". Science and Public Policy. Oxford University Press. 41 (4): 419–424. doi:10.1093/scipol/sct060. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
  11. ^ a b c d Ellen McCarthy (December 8, 2003). "To Berlin, College Is Big Business". The Washington Post. pp. E01. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 
  12. ^ Panel to Consider New College in Md.; Montgomery Trade School May Be Converted, The Washington Post, February 12, 1991. Retrieved from, March 30, 2011.
  13. ^ a b Potomac College Avoids Shutdown; State Officials Suspend Efforts to Close Troubled School in Rockville, The Washington Post, June 15, 1995. Retrieved from, June 3, 2014.
  14. ^ "ANTEON CORP - Annual Report (10-K) ITEM 1. BUSINESS". 
  15. ^ "University of Fairfax". Distance Education Accrediting Commission. 
  16. ^ "Jones International University to Expand Online Information Security MBA Degree in Collaboration With the University of Fairfax". 21 November 2007. Retrieved 6 November 2015.