RADNOR, Pa. (July 3, 2012) — Cabrini College named John Francis Burke, Ph.D., executive director of the Wolfington Center. Burke began his position at Cabrini on July 1, 2012.
At the University of St. Thomas, a Catholic university in Houston, Burke was professor and chair of political science, director of the Rev. William J. Young Social Justice Institute, and director of the university’s Social Justice Studies Program.
Burke also previously held faculty positions at the University of Houston-Downtown, Delta State University, and Texas State University at San Marcos.
Burke has taught and researched on Catholic Social Teaching, social justice and peace studies, religion and politics, and multiculturalism and diversity.
He has published several articles on these topics, and has published, “Mestizo Democracy: The Politics of Crossing Borders” (Texas A&M Press, 2003), a book that uses democratic theory and multiculturalism to develop a model for addressing cultural diversity. Burke also is semi-fluent in Spanish.
“With his background in the Catholic intellectual and social traditions, Dr. Burke is a fitting choice to lead the Wolfington Center, an office that provides students with local and global opportunities for faith- and values-based service, community-based learning and advocacy,” said Anne A. Skleder, Ph.D., provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Cabrini.
“As the center’s first executive director, Dr. Burke will collaborate with the faculty to advance the common good, and to help the College continue to develop leaders.”
A native of Bethlehem, Pa., Burke earned doctoral and master’s degrees in government and international studies from the University of Notre Dame, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Moravian College in Bethlehem.
About Cabrini College Students do extraordinary things at Cabrini College, a residential Catholic college welcoming learners of all faiths, cultures and backgrounds. Founded in 1957 by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the College provides a transformational “education of the heart,” focusing on academic excellence, leadership development and a commitment to social justice.
Cabrini offers 1,300 full-time undergraduate students more than 30 majors, pre-professional programs, concentrations and minors. More than 1,900 students are in graduate studies programs at the main campus in Radnor, Pa., and at 13 off-site locations. The College’s serene 112-acre campus is located 30 minutes from Philadelphia.