Dr. Bryan Berrett was named director of the Center for Faculty Excellence at Fresno State, announced Dr. Lynnette Zelezny, the University’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. The new center is designed to provide faculty support with a team of instructional designers, faculty-driven learning communities and faculty fellows related to the DISCOVERe program and course redesign with technology. Berrett, who earned his doctorate in educational technology from Pepperdine University and is a graduate of the Management Development Program at Harvard, previously served as the chair of Fresno State’s Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies. In that role, he secured two federal grants totaling $2.4 million to prepare deaf education teachers and sign language interpreters to serve deaf children. He has been actively involved in faculty development for several years, including the DISCOVERe program. He taught extensively online and is responsible for the University’s quality assurance of online learning and teaching program. Berrett began his new assignment July 11 and reports directly to the interim associate vice president for faculty affairs, Dr. Rudy J. Sanchez.