Dr. Joseph G. Burke is president emeritus at Keuka College in New York. 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 at Keuka, Burke led what was widely recognized as an institutional transformation. He 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.
At various times during his 30-year career, Burke 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. He previously worked as director of education and tenured professor of political science at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and director of the Academy’s Center for Educational Excellence.
Burke expanded his interest in international education, serving as a Middle East Fellow, sponsored by the American Professors for Peace in the Middle East, and a Malone Fellow, sponsored by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. In 2013 he was award a Fulbright Scholarship for work in Thailand.
Burke holds a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a master’s degree in international studies from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Denver.