Dr. Michael L. Burke was named the ninth president of Milwaukee Area Technical College by the District Board on January 6, 2010.
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 led a major rebuilding program that resulted in numerous new educational facilities on campus. SJCC experienced a 16 percent growth in enrollment from 2007-2009, and Burke spearheaded quality improvements to the college's instructional program and student support services.
He is an active in the local Milwaukee community as a member of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board, the Milwaukee Succeeds Leadership Council, the Talent Dividend Initiative, the Public Policy Forum, the Milwaukee Partnership Academy, the United Way of Greater Milwaukee, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Education's Board of Visitors. He is also a Paul Harris Fellow and member of the Milwaukee Rotary Club.
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 Southern Poverty Law Center Wall of Tolerance honoree.