Joshua Burgher named Senior Vice Dean and Chief Operating Officer of Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies

Columbia University School of Professional Studies Dean Jason Wingard today announced the appointment of Joshua Burgher as the Senior Vice Dean and Chief Operating Officer of the School of Professional Studies.

“Over the past eight years, Josh has been instrumental in the growth and development of the School,” Wingard said. “As a key senior administrator, he has provided comprehensive programmatic and operational oversight, led multi-partner, cross-campus collaboration efforts, and coordinated initiatives with external partners and clients across the globe. The depth and breadth of his experience is invaluable and I am pleased that he will be leading the School in this new capacity.”

Mr. Burgher has played several leadership and instructional roles at Columbia University and previously was Vice President for Finance and Program Analytics at Georgetown University, leading finance, strategic planning and analytics, and institutional research for the Main Campus. Prior to his roles in academics, he was a management consultant at Ernst & Young, focusing on finance and performance management, as well as M&A transaction support services, primarily for the media, entertainment, and communications sectors. He was also an early employee at a successful startup company ultimately acquired by Alcatel-Lucent.

Burgher has an MBA from Columbia University, an M.S. in Engineering and Technology Management from Colorado School of Mines, and a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Purdue University. Currently he is completing his Ph.D. in Management at Cass Business School (UK) and TIAS School for Business and Society (The Netherlands).

“I am honored to be part of the School of Professional Studies and excited to develop and enhance operational capabilities to better serve students, faculty, alumni, and administrators,” commented Mr. Burgher. “Significant opportunity exists for the School to lead during this important time in higher education by developing innovative programs and methods of supporting market-driven academic programs. These programs have the opportunity to have a positive impact on the areas in which we focus as well as drive funding, support, and capacity for other areas of the University.”

Columbia’s School of Professional Studies currently offers fourteen master's degrees, a comprehensive portfolio of pre-professional, post baccalaureate, and life-long learning programs, and interdisciplinary research centers. By offering market-leading degree programs across disciplines, such as, Actuarial Science, Applied Analytics, Bioethics, Sports Management, and Sustainability Management, the School is uniquely positioned to meet the diverse professional education needs of top recent graduates, successful mid-career professionals, and accomplished executives.

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