Burkhardt joins Olivet College from Prescott College, where he most recently served as executive vice president and provost. He succeeds Maria Davis, Ph.D., who stepped down after 11 years to return to a full-time professor role in the Olivet College Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
Burkhardt received his doctoral degree in comparative cultural and literary studies from the University of Arizona. His undergraduate training is in English and American literature (major) and physics and astronomy (teaching minors). His graduate training is in comparative literature and literary theory.
As executive vice president and provost at Prescott College, Burkhardt provided unified leadership for all academic programs and student-facing operations, supported strategic initiatives including transformational partnerships, and supervised deans and directors of instruction, student services, academic and institutional support. He also coordinated the senior leadership team’s strategic planning and collaborations across functional areas.
As Olivet College provost, Burkhardt is working to develop a clear vision and lead a cohesive team across the academic affairs and student engagement units, emphasizing academic program innovation and quality and student success in undergraduate, graduate, adult professional, and alternative credential programs. He also serves as the senior liaison for academic and student engagement matters to internal and external constituencies. Burkhardt has also received a faculty appointment.
“When I learned that Olivet College was the first institution in Michigan to welcome all students regardless of race, gender, or ability to pay, I was intrigued,” said Burkhardt. “Now that I have had the opportunity to meet Olivet’s students, staff and faculty, I am deeply impressed with their highly engaging, relationship-based approach to all aspects of the student experience. I am very excited to join the Olivet College community.”