Gary Bernstein

  • Senior Instructor, Organizational Leadership

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Teaches in Graduate Business Primarily in MBA and MSOL programs


Gary Bernstein is an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Business at Mercy College focused on courses in the MBA and MSOL programs. Gary had been a full time faculty member in the Graduate School of Business since 2013 and retired in August 2018 from full time status. He had been an adjunct business professor prior to that for most of the last 33 years, with 20 years at Mercy, as well as serving as a College Trustee for 6 years. He is again a College Trustee, having  rejoined the Board in 2018.

Prior Experience:

32 years at IBM Corporation, most recently as VP of Finance Transformation and Talent Development from 2006 to 2013.  He was IBM’s global financial planning process owner.  Key was to create Planning Centers of Excellence in Minnesota, Slovakia, Malaysia, India and Mexico with 2500 Analysts.  He also managed the governance for all Finance shared services.  In addition he managed the IBM Finance Talent Development project office. 

Prior Positions

 VP Controller for IBM’s Global Integrated Supply Chain

VP Finance IBM Systems Group. 

VP and Controller for IBM Microelectronics

Senior VP and CFO of Technology Service Solutions an IBM / Kodak JV.

Director of Accounting for IBM North America.

Multiple management roles at IBM prior to becoming an executive director.

Prior to IBM, he was with Price Waterhouse

Gary has a BS in Accounting from Drexel University and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.   He is also a CPA.

He has been married for 43 years, has 3 adult children and a granddaughter.



BS Accounting Drexel University

MBA University of Pittsburgh


MBA Turbo, MBA Business Plan Capstone, MSOL Capstone

Life Achievement Award from Mercy College