Interim president selected for Calhoun Community College

Interim president selected for Calhoun Community College
Joe Burke (Source: Alabama Community College System)

(WAFF) - An interim president has been selected for Calhoun Community College.

The Alabama Community College System board of trustees announced the selection of Joe Burke. He is a career educator with more than 30 years of experience in higher education as an instructor, counselor and administrator.

Most recently, Burke served as vice president and dean of instruction at Northeast Alabama Community College.

"Dr. Burke is a proven leader who has devoted his career to improving the lives of community college students and I'm confident his skillset fits the description of the leader Calhoun Community College needs at this time," ACCS Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker said in a news release. "I'm confident the students, faculty, staff and administration in Decatur and Huntsville will be well-served by Dr. Burke's experience."

Burke is filling in for departing president James Klauber, who took a job as president of Hagerstown Community College in Maryland.

Burke will begin at Calhoun on May 14.


Burke began his career at NACC in Rainsville as a counselor and psychology instructor. He went on to serve as director of admissions, chief student affairs officer, and vice president and dean of instruction. He earned a bachelor of science in psychology from the University of Alabama, a master of science in counseling from Jacksonville State University, and a Ph.D. in counselor education from the University of Alabama.

"I'm a firm believer in the power of the community college and its ability to change the lives of those who attend," Burke said. "It is a privilege to be able to serve students in this new capacity and I look forward to working with my colleagues at Calhoun to continue the college's commitment to success for every student."

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