College of Business & Leadership Dean Appointed
Lourdes University Vice President for Academic Affairs Terry Keller is pleased to announce the appointment of David Burkitt, Ph.D., as Dean of the College of Business & Leadership. Dr. Burkitt is responsible for the direction and management of the university’s business college. He assumes his duties January 2019.
A proven leader, Dr. Burkitt possesses 15 years of executive experience in the university, healthcare, and athletic settings. He comes to Lourdes from Mount Saint Mary’s University in California where he served as Executive Director of Graduate Faculty for the Master of Business Administration program. In that position, Dr. Burkitt planned, designed and developed the online MBA program as well as managed several non-traditional adult programs. Throughout his tenure at Mount Saint Mary’s, he served as the Interim MBA Director, was instrumental in the program’s accreditation, and taught as an associate professor and adjunct faculty member.
Dr. Burkitt earned a MBA and Ph.D. in Leadership and Organizational Development from Regent University, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Mount Saint Mary’s University.
Possessing real world experience, Dr. Burkitt served as Chief Operations Officer of Quality Quest, a nationally recognized healthcare nonprofit, and Chief Financial Officer at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Los Angeles. He also served as a National Controller for the American Youth Soccer Organization.
A respected professional in both the academic and business realms, he has been the principal investigator on research grants for executive leadership and restorative justice. A recent publication – “Transformational Hearts in Executive Leadership” – appeared last year in the International Academy of Business and Public Administration.
“I am confident in Dave’s collaborative leadership style and his vision for the business college. His wealth of expertise in program development will serve the University well. Most importantly, it will ensure that Lourdes continues to provide excellent undergraduate and graduate business programs that meet employers’ needs and prepare graduates to achieve success in their chosen discipline,” says Dr. Keller.
“I look forward to working with Dr. Keller and the talented team of business faculty. Together, we will strengthen and grow the College of Business & Leadership and its suite of programs. Additionally, I look forward to establishing new relationships with this region’s employers and exploring how we can best serve them through innovative and strong internship and networking programs,” says Dr. Burkitt.