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Burgwell Howard Named Dean of Students

Brings experience in student affairs at other institutions and strong understanding of Northwestern

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February 17, 2010 | by Alan K. Cubbage

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Burgwell Howard, currently the interim dean of students at Northwestern University, has been named to the position on a permanent basis, announced William Banis, vice president for student affairs.

Howard, 45, who joined Northwestern in 2005, has been serving on an interim basis since last July when former Dean of Students Mary Desler retired. He previously was assistant to the vice president for student affairs.

"Burgie brings significant experience in directing student affairs programs at other institutions as well as a strong understanding of Northwestern's operations and our students," Banis said. "I'm very pleased that he has agreed to take on this important position and will continue to work closely with me and other members of the Student Affairs staff in serving our students and the university community."

Prior to coming to Northwestern, Howard served as the assistant dean of student affairs and the director of student activities at Bowdoin College for eight years. He previously had been director of student activities at Colgate University and had also worked in the alumni office as associate director at Dartmouth College.  Additionally, he served in the judicial affairs office at Santa Clara University.

"I'm excited by this opportunity and very happy to be named to this position," Howard said. "Northwestern students are a remarkable group of individuals. I've gotten to know many of them during the past five years and I look forward to meeting and working with more of them in my role as dean of students."

Howard is a co-chair of the one of the planning subgroups for Northwestern's strategic plan and also is chair of the Martin Luther King Jr. planning committee and the Sustainability Working Group. In addition, he is a member of the First-Year Experience Committee, the Campus Safety Committee and the Committee on Athletics and Recreation, as well as other University committees.

Howard earned his A.B. in psychology from Dartmouth College and his M.A. in higher education administration from Stanford University.