SJR State begins new academic year with former MIT, Columbia administrator at the helm of enrollment

Daniel BarkowitzSt. Johns River State College welcomes Daniel Barkowitz as the dean of enrollment management. Barkowitz brings the College more than 20 years of experience in student affairs and financial aid, including six years with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and two years with Columbia University.

SJR State President Joe Pickens said he welcomes Barkowitz to Florida and the SJR State family and looks forward to incorporating his input as the College's three campuses gear up for the fall semester.

“Mr. Barkowitz’s expertise in student services and admissions will be a valuable addition to our ongoing commitment to provide quality service to our students," Pickens said. "His knowledge of financial aid and expertise in Veterans Affairs will also guide us in building upon the strong foundation laid by former Financial Aid Director Wayne Bodiford."

Barkowitz said his first task at SJR State is to implement what he calls "high tech with high touch."

"While technological advancements have completely changed the way in which we deliver services to our students, our new approach focuses on how technology should enable us to have better and more in-depth interactions with students and families," Barkowitz said. "I hope to build upon the excellent service delivery at SJR State so that students find our process streamlined, effective, timely and friendly."

As the son of a WWII veteran, Barkowitz said he appreciates and values the service and dedication veterans provide.  "Our veterans deserve our support and appreciation,” he said. “The benefits my father received from the GI Bill changed the course of his life, and I hope to continue the high-quality service to our veterans, making SJR State a destination of choice for those who wish to pursue higher education for themselves and their dependents."

Barkowitz considers his move to Florida a much-anticipated return to a warmer climate. Born in Central America, Barkowitz grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, before beginning his college studies in Boston.

Most recently, Barkowitz worked as a senior administrator for Temple Beth Shalom, a reform Jewish synagogue in Massachusetts.
Barkowitz holds a master’s degree in human resources education from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in history from Northeastern University. He hopes to continue working toward his doctoral degree in higher education administration at a Florida institution in the near future.

Barkowitz has relocated to Fleming Island with his family. He succeeds Wayne Bodiford, who served the College for 12 years.