After a five-year tenure at Nicolet College, Elizabeth Burmaster is leaving to accept the presidency at Frederick Community College in Maryland. Burmaster is set to start her new job Aug. 18, but she said she doesn’t yet know when she will officially leave Nicolet. The college’s board of trustees is scheduled to meet Monday to discuss naming an interim president. (River News file photo)
5/6/2014 4:00:00 PM Burmaster leaving Nicolet to lead community college in Maryland
The Nicolet Area Technical College Board of Trustees will soon begin the search for a new president.
The college's current president, Elizabeth Burmaster, will assume the presidency at Frederick Community College in Maryland effective Aug. 18. The announcement was made Tuesday.
The Frederick Community College Board of Trustees selected Burmaster over two other final candidates who visited the campus last month. In a press release, board chair Debra Borden said Burmaster "rose to the top of the field" after a comprehensive nationwide search that included the screening of more than 60 applicants.
"We did our homework and listened to our constituents and are confident she is the right person for the job," Borden said in the release.
Following campus visits by the three finalists in late April, Borden and board vice chair Dave Bufter traveled to Rhinelander to do further reference checks and speak with Nicolet staff and officials.
"The trip reinforced for us that President Burmaster is an outstanding leader," Borden said. "We are confident that her exceptional leadership will be a valuable asset, not only for Frederick Community College, but also for our community."
The presidency at Frederick Community College marks a return home for Burmaster. She grew up in the Frederick area, which is approximately 50 miles outside of Baltimore, and took classes at the college while still attending high school. To date, Burmaster has remained in Wisconsin during her long career in education. She began as a middle school music teacher after graduating from UW-Madison in 1976 and eventually became state superintendent. She has been president at Nicolet since 2009, just after her two-term stint as state superintendent.
"It is my honor to serve as the president of Frederick Community College," Burmaster said in a press release. "I look forward to working alongside students, faculty, staff, and members of a local community whose teachers helped form my own aspirations to pursue a career in educational leadership."
The Frederick Community College job represented the fourth different presidency Burmaster was named a finalist for in recent months, so Nicolet officials have already had discussions about what to do in the event Burmaster accepted another job. The first step is to name an interim president to lead the college while a search is being conducted.
A presidential search has been a rare undertaking for Nicolet College. Prior to Burmaster becoming president in 2009, Adrian Lorbetske served as president for 18 years.
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