Burmaster accepts president?s position at Maryland college
Nicolet College president Elizabeth Burmaster has been named the next president at Frederick Community College in Frederick, Maryland.
Burmaster will begin her duties at Frederick Aug. 18. The Board of Trustees at Nicolet College will meet Monday, May 12 to name an interim president and start the search for a new president.
“I will definitely miss Nicolet, the Northwoods, and all of the wonderful relationships that have been formed over the years,” Burmaster said in a statement released by Nicolet College. “By working together with area employers, the PK-12 school districts, other higher education institutions, community leaders, and many others in the Northwoods, Nicolet has been able to create many rewarding opportunities for residents seeking a quality college education.”
Burmaster added she intends to keep contact with the area she has called home for the last five years.
“Nicolet College will always remain very special to me and it was a true privilege to serve the people in the district,” she said. “My husband and I fully intend to stay connected to the Northwoods.”
But that Burmaster is leaving is coming as no surprise as she was the finalist at four different colleges for their presidencies in the last few months including Edgewood College in Madison, Rochester Community College in Minnesota and Rock Valley College in Rockford, Ill.
But the Frederick Community College job was the one she coveted as she is from the area and took classes at the school when she was in high school.
“It is my honor to serve as the president of Frederick Community College,” Burmaster said in a release from the school. “I look forward to working alongside students, faculty, staff and members of the local community whose teachers helped form my own aspirations to pursue a career in educational leadership.”
Burmaster has served as president at Nicolet since 2009 when she came to the school with an already full resume.
From 2001 to 2009, Burmaster served as the elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction, overseeing a budget of about $9 billion and 1,000 employees during two terms in office. As an elementary school principal, Burmaster opened a magnet school to enhance racial diversity and academic achievement through arts education. Additionally, she worked for nearly a decade as principal of a 2,000-student urban high school and led curriculum, behavioral and teaching reforms to close the achievement gap. The school was also known for its National Merit Scholars.
Burmaster has been active in educational organizations at local, state and national levels. She served for eight years on the University of Wisconsin board of regents and the Wisconsin Technical College System Board. She also served for eight years on the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board and the Wisconsin Higher Education Aids Board. Furthermore, she has served as president-elect, president, and past president of the national Council of Chief State School Officers.