Michael L. Burke, Ph.D.
Dr. Michael L. Burke became chancellor of Riverside Community College District on July 21, 2014 after serving for four and half years as president of Milwaukee Area Technical College. He has more than 25 years of experience in community colleges in Texas, Idaho and California.
Previously, Dr. Burke was president of San Jose City College, where 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 to 2009, and 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, strengthened the relationship with the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, and he was 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. Dr. Burke spent 13 years (1985 to 1998) at Eastfield College in Mesquite, TX, which is part of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD). He also served as president of the Texas Association of Developmental Educators. 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. Dr. Burke holds a bachelor of arts degree 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.