EIU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Resigns

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Published on March 28 2014 4:15 pm
Last Updated on March 31 2014 10:27 am
Written by Millie Lange

CHARLESTON, Ill. – Eastern Illinois Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Barbara Burke has announced that she will resign her position at EIU to accept a new professional opportunity.  Burke has accepted the Deputy Director of Athletics/Chief Operating Officer position at Tulane University and will begin in late April.

Burke is the Panthers ninth full time athletic director and is in her sixth year at EIU.  She was hired in June of 2008 after a long tenure in senior administration at the University of Wyoming.

“I am so appreciative of the opportunity to lead the Eastern Illinois athletic program for the past six years.  I want to thank President (William) Perry and Dr. (Dan) Nadler for this chance to lead an NCAA Division I program,” Burke said.  “It has been an incredible and exciting run.  I’m proud of the progress that has been made but realize none of the success would have been made possible without the support of the coaches, staff and community volunteers who give unselfishly with their time and talents.”

In addition to her role as athletic director at EIU, Burke also serves as the Chair of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Rules committee and on the NCAA Championships cabinet.  During her tenure as athletic director Eastern Illinois has won three of the last four Ohio Valley Conference Commissioners’ Cups while finishing second in the standings the two other years.  The Panthers currently lead the OVC standings following completion of the winter championship sports season.

“Barbara Burke has provided great leadership, raising the bar in Panther Athletics in all areas, athletically, academically and in student-athlete relationships,” EIU President Dr. William Perry said.  “I will miss her leadership, but wish her the best in this next step in her career.”

“I am grateful for having worked closely with Barbara for the past six years and am so proud and impressed with the academic and athletic success that was the result of her leadership,” said Dr. Dan Nadler, EIU Vice President for Student Affairs.  “As a former administrator at Tulane myself, Barbara is a perfect fit for this leadership opportunity.  I will miss her at Eastern.”

At Tulane, Burke will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Green Wave athletic program as they transition into becoming a new member of the American Athletic Conference next academic year.

“I am excited about this new opportunity at Tulane,” added Burke.  “I know that I was afforded this opportunity because of the work that we have done at Eastern Illinois during my tenure.  I will miss the coaches, staff and community friendships that I have developed over the last six years.  I want to personally thank everyone for their support and wish EIU nothing but the best.”