Notre Dame News | August 2, 2019
Thomas G. Burish, Charles and Jill Fischer Provost at the University of Notre Dame, will step down as provost at the conclusion of his current five-year term on July 1, 2020, the University’s chair of the Board of Trustees, John J. Brennan, and president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., announced Thursday (Aug. 1).
Notre Dame’s provost since 2005, Burish serves as chief academic officer, responsible for the overall operation of the academic enterprise, including the faculty, colleges, schools, institutes and libraries, as well as functions such as admissions, student advising and financial aid. The provost is the University’s second-ranking officer behind the president.
“It is difficult to overstate the positive impact Tom has had on our University as provost,” Brennan said. “For nearly 15 years, he has guided the strategy and investments that enhanced our faculty and strengthened our scholarship to the great benefit of our undergraduate and graduate students, created new research programs and partnerships, and significantly advanced Notre Dame’s academic reputation among the nation’s leading universities.Tom also was the driving force behind many of the University’s major initiatives, including the creation of the Harper Cancer Research Institute, the Keough School of Global Affairs and the IDEA Center, Notre Dame’s hub of innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialization.”
“Words cannot adequately express my gratitude and respect for Tom’s outstanding leadership, his visionary leadership of the academy, his commitment to our Catholic mission and his tireless efforts to make Notre Dame a truly great and truly distinctive university,” Father Jenkins said. “Tom has been a transformative provost for Notre Dame, and for 15 years an invaluable colleague. He and his wife Pam have become dear friends. We have all benefited tremendously from his intellect, judgment, determination and selfless devotion to Notre Dame and its mission.”
“It has been a great joy and privilege to return to my alma mater as provost and to be a part of Notre Dame’s distinctive excellence as a Catholic research university,” Burish said. “I have been honored to work with and learn from Father John and the Trustees, and with faculty, staff, and administrative colleagues who have displayed ever-rising standards of service and excellence. And it has been a labor of love to work with students whose inspiring talent and principled goals constantly renew my hope in the future. In a career filled with countless blessings, serving the Notre Dame family is a gift which has given great meaning to my life. I shall always be grateful.”
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