Dr. Michael L. Burke retired as chancellor of Riverside Community College District on December 31, 2017 after serving as the district’s CEO since 2014. Prior to his position in the RCCD, he served for four and one-half years as president of Milwaukee Area Technical College, the largest college in the Wisconsin Technical College System. He has more than 35 years of teaching and leadership experience in community colleges in Texas, Idaho, Wisconsin, and California.
Previously, Dr. Burke served as president of San Jose City College from 2007-09, where he led both a major rebuilding program that resulted in numerous new educational facilities on campus and an initiative to strategically increase enrollment. From 1998 to 2007, he served as president of North Idaho College, located in Coeur d’Alene, ID, 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 and strengthened the college’s relationship with the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. He was also 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. From 1985-98, Dr. Burke served as chairman, dean, and vice president at Eastfield College in Mesquite, TX, which is a member of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD). He began his career as a faculty member, teaching English at Texas Southmost College on the Texas-Mexico border.
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 was also a member of the Higher Education Research and Development Institute.