Michael Burke named chancellor of Riverside Community College District in California

Riverside Community College District

Michael Burke, new chancellor of Riverside CC District in California

In a 5-0 vote, the Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Michael L. Burke, Ph.D., as the next Chancellor of the multi-college system that serves nearly 100,000 students a year in western Riverside County. He is scheduled to start on July 21, 2014.

Burke is the current president of the 43,000-student Milwaukee Area Technical College—a position he has held since 2010. In coming to RCCD, he will lead one of California’s oldest and largest community college districts, encompassing three independently accredited colleges and partnerships with six K-12 school districts and the Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center.

“We are very pleased to have attracted a proven academic leader and chief executive officer who has experience in community colleges in California and other states,” said RCCD Board President Virginia Blumenthal. “Dr. Burke is known for his skill in balancing core academic programs with career technical education programs, achieving results that translate directly to student success and stronger communities.”

Prior to heading Milwaukee Area Technical College, Burke served as the president of San Jose City College in California for three years, as president of North Idaho College for nearly nine years, and as vice president of Finance and Planning for Eastfield College in Texas for five years.

“I am honored to become the new chancellor of the Riverside Community College District. Deborah and I are excited about joining this outstanding community,” Burke said. “RCCD has an extraordinary record of academic excellence, a rich, storied history, and a bright future. I look forward to helping shape that future.”
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