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Joanne Burrows

BURROWS, Joanne. ( -- ). On February 2, 2006 the Clarke College Board of Trustees announced that effective July 1st Burrows, a member of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, would succeed Catherine DUNN as the 15th president of CLARKE COLLEGE. At the time, Burrows served as the chief academic officer and academic dean at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute, Ind., a position she held since 2002.

Previously, Burrows served in various roles at Indiana State University including chair of the department of educational leadership, administration and foundations; coordinator of the Leadership in Higher Education Program; and assistant professor of higher education. She had also served as assistant academic dean at Holy Names College in Oakland, Calif.

Burrows held a bachelor of science degree in graphic design from the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.; master of arts degree in philosophical and systematic theology from the Graduate Theological Union and Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif.; and a doctoral degree in higher education from Ohio State University.

She was a trustee for the College of Mount St. Joseph, as well as a trustee for the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accrediting agency for the North Central 19-state region. She was a board member for the Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Iowa College Foundation, President's Committee of the Midwest Collegiate Conference chair, and Iowa Campus Compact, of which she was also chair.

In July, 2018 Burrows announced that she would retire May 31, 2019. Under her leadership, Clarke moved from college to university status and increased its undergraduate and graduate programs. (1)



1. "News in Brief," Telegraph Herald, July 31, 2018, p. 3A

Profile of the President, Clarke University. Online: http://www.clarke.edu/page.aspx?id=46

Gilligan, Amy. "A Higher Calling to Higher Education," DBQ: The Leisure Travel Issue, April, 2016