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Lawrence University Names Princeton University EVP the College's 16th President
By: PR Newswire
Dec. 13, 2012 04:15 PM
APPLETON, Wis., Dec. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lawrence University has named Mark Burstein, executive vice president of Princeton University, the college's 16th president.
Burstein takes office July 1, 2013, succeeding Jill Beck.
"I was drawn to Lawrence's rigorous academic environment, its commitment to providing an individualized learning experience to all students and its unique combination of a strong liberal arts education with a nationally-recognized conservatory of music," said Burstein.
"Through the dedication of its faculty, Lawrence provides an educational experience that literally changes lives, setting its graduates on a trajectory of success and continued exploration. I'm looking forward to working with colleagues to ensure Lawrence's tradition of excellence."
Terry Franke, chair of Lawrence's Board of Trustees, cited Burstein's breadth of leadership and higher education experience among the reasons he stood out from more than 100 candidates.
"Mark brings a unique set of experiences in public service, finance, consulting as well as leadership with two of the country's most prestigious educational institutions," said Franke. "Mark has an affinity and passion for the academic mission of the liberal arts and embraces the transformative experience for Lawrence students as they prepare for their future."
Named Princeton's executive vice president in 2004, Burstein, 51, led efforts to enhance campus life and modernize the university's operations and infrastructure. He oversaw a $200 million budget and a staff of 1,800 in the areas of student life, public safety, university audit and compliance, human resources and facilities.
He also spent 10 years at Columbia University in leadership positions, including acting vice president of human resources, vice president of student services and vice president of facilities management.
A native of Cedar Grove, N.J., Burstein earned a bachelor's degree in history and independent studies at Vassar College and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Burstein has served on the Vassar Board of Trustees since 2009 and spent two years as chair of the board of directors of the Victory Fund, a Washington, D.C.-based national political action committee.
Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. Individualized learning, the development of multiple interests and community engagement are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.
SOURCE Lawrence University
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