Joseph Burke

President Emeritus, Keuka College

Joseph G. Burke is president emeritus at Keuka College. In his current positions as president of Oriole Educational Associates, in Virginia, he consults actively on board and presidential assessment and leadership development; board roles, responsibilities, processes, and structure; and international programming.

During his 14-year presidential tenure, he led what was widely recognized as an institutional transformation which included a 35% increase in traditional student enrollment, the first-time introduction of both graduate and adult education programs that currently serve more than 1000 students across New York, and the development of one of the largest U.S. international education programs in both China and Vietnam, serving 2500 Chinese students at four Chinese campuses, and 500 Vietnamese students in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. He also successfully led two of the most successful fund raising campaigns in the history of the college, and helped generate a complete board renovation in the areas of strategic planning, presidential assessment, and entrepreneurial oversight. These innovations led to the enhancement of academic excellence and the achievement of fiscal stability.

The retired Air Force colonel previously served as a professor of political science and director of the Center for Educational Excellence, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO. He has a PhD in International Studies from the University of Denver, and frequently speaks on leadership development in higher education.

At various times during his 30-year career in higher education, he has served on the boards of directors of the Association of South Asia Higher Institutions of Higher Learning, Independent College Fund of New York, New York Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, American Council on Education National Presidential Commission on Leadership and Institutional Change, and the International Security Studies Section, International Studies Association.

His areas of interest and expertise include: board governance, presidential assessment and development, and international academic programming.