Dr. Michael L. Burke
Ninth President of Milwaukee Area Technical College
Dr. Michael L. Burke was named the ninth president of Milwaukee Area Technical College by the District Board on January 6, 2010.
Dr. Burke has more than 25 years of experience in community colleges in Texas, Idaho and California. He was named President of San Jose City College in March 2007. While at San Jose City College, he led a major rebuilding program that resulted in numerous new educational facilities on campus. SJCC experienced a 16 percent growth in enrollment from 2007-2009, and Burke spearheaded quality improvements to the college's instructional program and student support services.
From 1998 to 2007, he served as President of North Idaho College, located in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, where he provided educational services to an 8,000-square mile service area in the northern panhandle of that state. While there, he created three new outreach centers to serve the remote populations of the region, strengthened the relationship with the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, and he was instrumental in establishing the Northern Idaho Center for Higher Education (NICHE) in Coeur d'Alene, in collaboration with the University of Idaho, Idaho State University, and Lewis-Clark State College.
Dr. Burke spent 13 years (1985-1998) at Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas, which is part of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD). While there, he served as the Chair of Communications and Developmental Studies Division, Dean of Educational Resources, Interim Dean of Career and Continuing Education, and Vice President of Finance and Planning. He also served as President of the Texas Association of Developmental Educators. He began his career as a full-time faculty member at Texas Southmost College on the Texas-Mexico border in Brownsville, Texas, where he taught English.
On the national level, Dr. Burke has served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC); co-chaired the AACC Commission on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and served as the Chairman of the AACC Presidents Academy Executive Committee. He currently serves on the AACC Sustainability Task Force and the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment Steering Committee, and he is a member of the Higher Education Research and Development Institute.
Dr. Burke holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (magna cum laude) in English and a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of Houston; a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Austin; and certificates of completion from Harvard University's Institute for Educational Management and the League for Innovation's Executive Leadership Institute. He also has completed coursework at the Center for Philanthropy at Indiana University and was a Southern Poverty Law Center Wall of Tolerance honoree.
He is an active in the local Milwaukee community as a member of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board, the Milwaukee Succeeds Leadership Council, the Talent Dividend Initiative, the Public Policy Forum, the Milwaukee Partnership Academy, the United Way of Greater Milwaukee, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Education's Board of Visitors. He is also a Paul Harris Fellow and member of the Milwaukee Rotary Club.
A tae kwon do black belt holder, he and his wife live in Bayside. Their daughter is a college student.
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