The next Trek director has to undergo an intense written exam, proving their Trek knowledge with answering questions involving the most obscure aspects of Trek lore and writing 100 word essays on a variety of topics. Like registry number set-up. That's an important one, given how Abrams flagrantly disregarded the standard registry practices. You would't see something like that done on Berman's watch.
Okay, in all seriousness, I'm more surprised that they gave him credit for the answer being correct (when it totally wasn't) than I am that he doesn't know who Zephram Cochrane is. But then, he also forgot who George Kirk is, and that's from his own movie. The man just has a piss-poor memory, I think.