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Board of Regents Members - Barbara G. Burch

Dr. Barbara G. Burch

Dr. Barbara G. Burch

Faculty Regent


Dr. Burch is WKU Provost Emeritus, Civic Engagement Scholar, and a Professor in the Educational Leadership doctoral program.  She served as WKU’s Provost and VP for Academic Affairs from 1996-2010 and as Interim President during 1997.  She received her graduate degrees from Indiana University and her undergraduate degree from WKU.  She has served as Dean of the School of Education and Human Development at California State University Fresno; Associate Dean, Interim Dean and Asst. VP for Academic Affairs at University Of Memphis; Director of Curriculum Development and Research for Shelby County Schools in Memphis, TN., and as a teacher and projects coordinator in schools in Louisville and Indiana.

Dr. Burch is currently serving as the American Council on Education appointee on the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and on the Board of The Renaissance Group.  She has served as Chair of the NCATE Executive Board; former president of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, member of the California Commission on Accreditation and on SACS accreditation teams.  She served as Chair of the KY State Council of Chief Academic Officers, and was a founding member of the AASCU American Democracy Project and the ‘Red Balloon’ project.  Her international education activities have taken her to 14 countries, as well as working with agencies such as the World Heath Organization. She is a recipient of the National Provost’s Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement.  She was recently appointed to serve on the leadership team for AASCU’s   ‘Re-Imagining the First Year of College’ project. (RFY). The RFY is aimed at ensuring success for all students, particularly those who have historically been underserved by higher education: low income, first generation and students of color.  It is engaging 44 institutions on developing comprehensive, institutional transformation that redesigns the first year of college and creates sustainable change for student success.   

Dr. Burch also currently serves on the Board of the Commonwealth Health Foundation Board, and also serves on the Investment and Allocations Committee and Community Relations Committee.

Dr. Burch has had the privilege of working in all aspects of higher education, as well as P-12 education, in both teaching and administrative positions..  She has always considered herself as first and foremost, “a teacher.”  She views serving as the Faculty Regent as a special and unique privilege and opportunity.  

She is married to Dr. Ken Burch, and has two children. Her term on the Board ends in October, 2017.


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