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    Booth University College Announces New Interim President

    Dr. Donald Burke to assume role as of June 10. April 27, 2020
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    Dr. Donald Burke has been appointed as the interim president of The Salvation Army’s Booth University College in Winnipeg, effective June 10, 2020. Dr. Burke succeeds Dr. Marjory Kerr who has served as president since 2016. He also held the position of Booth University College president from 2006 to 2016 and has taught at the institution since it opened in 1982. 

    Commissioner Floyd Tidd, territorial commander and chancellor of Booth University College, says, “We are grateful to Dr. Burke for stepping into this role again. His experience and leadership will be invaluable as we encourage students to achieve academic excellence and empower them to bring hope, social justice and faith into the world. We also express our gratitude to Dr. Marjory Kerr for her excellent leadership over the past four years.”

    Dr. Burke is currently professor of biblical studies at Booth University College and has served in several administrative roles including vice-president and academic dean (2000-2006). During Dr. Burke’s first tenure as president, Booth transformed into a Christian university college, expanding its programs and growing its enrolment. In 2016, he returned to a full-time teaching role.

    “In these challenging times for post-secondary education and society-at-large, Booth University College will continue to offer ‘Education for a Better World’ in new and exciting ways,” Dr. Burke notes. “This interim period, as the board searches for the next president, will require us to be thoughtful, innovative and faithful to the mission of the institution. In these ways we plan to advance the missions of both Booth University College and The Salvation Army.”

    Established in 1982, Booth University College is rooted in The Salvation Army’s Wesleyan theological tradition and brings together Christian faith, rigorous scholarship and a passion for service. Its programs of study include behavioural sciences, business administration, English and film studies, psychology, religion and social work.

    Dr. Burke is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University (BA) and the University of St. Michael’s College (MA, Ph.D.) in Toronto. His major field of study was sacred Scripture with an emphasis on the Old Testament, however, his interests extend to a broad range of topics in theology and Christian history, including the Wesleyan heritage of The Salvation Army. 

    A lifelong Salvationist, Dr. Burke came to Christian faith in the Brantford Citadel Corps. His passion is to help students appreciate the richness of the Scriptures and the ways in which they can guide Christians in today’s complex world. He is a regular contributor to Salvation Army publications and provided the commentaries on Joel and Amos in the recently published Wesley One Volume Commentary on the Bible (Abingdon Press).


    On Tuesday, May 5, 2020, Concerned said:

    I am very pleased that Don has agreed to "stand in the gap" and give his leadership skills and experience to BUC. These are trying times for post-secondary institution generally, particularly private Christian ones. I pray for God's blessing on Don as he helps to direct the institution during these troublesome days.

    On a personal note I have fond memories of sharing with Don when we were both students in Toronto. I was impressed then with the breadth and depth of Don's knowledge in his chosen field of study, and his passion for the Old Testament. Over the ensuing decades I have been pleased to know that BUC has benefited tremendously from his scholarship and teaching ability.


    On Friday, May 1, 2020, Shayne Stanton said:

    As a fairly long time member of the Salvation Army in Winnipeg, I am thrilled that Dr. Burke is stepping into this role again in the interim, May the spirit of the Lord continue to guide him as he again leads a great institution


    On Thursday, April 30, 2020, charles mutembei said:

    Good work am a soldier in Kenya , which country is in this University to direct someone with interested studies please


    Editor: Booth University College is located in Winnipeg, Canada

    On Monday, April 27, 2020, Manuel Alioso said:

    God bless the new president


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