Thursday, June 4, 2015

Staff Update: Stefanie Burke

We are excited to announce that Stefanie Burke has been promoted to serve as the next Assistant Dean/Director of the First Year Experience. 

Stefanie has been at Lehigh for two and a half years as the Assistant Director for Leadership Development. In her current role, she has primarily worked with leadership development initiatives for fraternities and sororities and has been responsible for facilitating leadership training workshops, coordinating the Greek Emerging Leaders (GEM) program, overseeing the Fraternity and Sorority Accreditation process, and managing a preLUsion program, Quest, for First Year students.  In addition, within the Office of Student Leadership, Stefanie has supervised the Ropes Challenge Course and all of the student and graduate student facilitators and has collaborated with a number of other offices on Peer Education Training for student leaders across campus.  Prior to coming to Lehigh, Stefanie was the Coordinator for Leadership Programs in the Department of Student Life at the University of South Carolina for two and a half years. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at James Madison University and her Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Through all of these experiences and in her tenure thus far at Lehigh, we have been continually impressed by Stefanie's incredible work ethic; ability to build relationships with a variety of constituents across campus; strong presentation, facilitation and public speaking skills; ability to think strategically and operationally; expertise in designing and delivering student leader training content; and, most importantly, her overall commitment to student success and the ability to connect with and positively impact Lehigh students of all different backgrounds and experiences.

We have been very fortunate to have Stefanie as part of our Dean of Students Office team for the past few years, and when this role became available many people nominated her as someone who would make an outstanding candidate for this role.  We can confidently say that we all unanimously believe Stefanie is an excellent choice to lead our First Year Experience Office in the coming years.  Congratulations Stefanie!!

Stefanie will begin to transition slowly over the summer, but will remain formally in her current role until August 21st.  Please join us in congratulating Stefanie on her promotion into this important role at Lehigh University!! Over the coming weeks, the Office of Leadership Development will conduct a national search to find an Assistant Director candidate to replace Stefanie in her current role. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni will be involved in our search effort and we look forward to welcoming a new Assistant Director. 

Thank you,
Allison Gulati
Associate Dean and Director of Strategic Initiatives