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Dr. Michael L. Burke Named Milwaukee Area Technical College President

Dr. Michael L. Burke at a Jan. 6 announcement of his appointment as Milwaukee Area Technical College's ninth president.

MILWAUKEE (Jan. 6, 2010) – The Milwaukee Area Technical College District Board has hired Dr. Michael L. Burke as the ninth president of MATC, it was announced today.
"We had a fantastic group of applicants and Dr. Burke's broad experience in a number of colleges really set him apart," said MATC District Board Chairperson Lauren Baker. "He is committed to technical education and is the ideal person to help strengthen MATC's partnerships with many audiences. Dr. Burke is eager to work with many individuals and organizations across the Milwaukee community, including educational institutions and the business community. He will work on behalf of our students and ensure that they have quality opportunities that will help them enter or advance in the workforce. We could not be more pleased that Dr. Burke will be bringing his energy and dedication to MATC."

Burke is expected to begin his position on Jan. 19.

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"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead Milwaukee Area Technical College," said Dr. Burke. "I believe the institution's mission fits my personal mission. I am anxious to meet the students, faculty and staff of MATC and begin working with them to help the college advance to the next level. It was clear from my visit to the college that many, many good things are happening and it is an honor for me to join an institution that has such a proud history and such a bright future."

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 has been engaged in a major rebuilding program that has resulted in numerous new educational facilities on campus. SJCC experienced 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, where he provided educational services to an 8,000-square mile service area in the northern panhandle of Idaho. While there, he created three outreach centers to serve the remote populations of the region and he was instrumental in establishing the Northern Idaho Center for Higher Education (NICHE) 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). 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 in Brownsville, Texas, where he taught English. He 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 is presently serving as the Chairman of the AACC Presidents Academy Executive Committee.

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 2008 Southern Poverty Law Center Wall of Tolerance Honoree.

He is active in the San Jose community, serving on the boards of the Mexican American Community Service Agency, the Center for Employment and Training, and the Lincoln High School Foundation, and is a member of the San Jose Rotary Club.

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The largest technical college in the state, Milwaukee Area Technical College is a key driver of the economy in southeastern Wisconsin. MATC offers 200 degrees, diplomas, certificates and apprenticeships, plus nearly 400 transfer options leading to bachelor's degrees. A large pre-college program enables people to complete high school and prepare for higher learning. The Office of Corporate Learning provides customized training to incumbent workers. Approximately 48,000 students per year attend the college's four campuses, numerous evening centers and community-based sites, or learn online. Overwhelmingly, MATC graduates build careers and businesses right here at home.

Dr. Burke watches a student in MATC's one-of-a-kind Digital Life Drawing class.

Dr. Burke observes MATC students.

Oak Creek Campus Vice President John Stilp (left) and Dr. Burke visit with faculty at the Oak Creek campus.

Dr. Burke and Associate Dean Dorothy Walker tour MATC's Energy Conservation and Advanced Manufacturing (ECAM) Center at the Oak Creek Campus.