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Burger to make move to Middlebury

Published: December 6, 2012
Section: Front Page, News


Associate Vice President of Communications Bill Burger is leaving the university for Middlebury college at the end of December. He will assume his new position as Vice President of Communications at Middlebury on Jan. 1, 2013.

“I’ll leave here with many great memories of Brandeis and tremendous respect for so many of the people—staff, faculty and students alike—that I’ve had the chance to work with over the last two and half years,” Burger said in a statement. “The Office of Communications is staffed by an incredibly dedicated and talented team, and I know they’ll continue to do wonderful, creative things for a long time to come. I wish only the best for the university in the years ahead.”

At Middlebury, Burger will oversee communication strategy for the college and the Monterey Institute of International Studies, a graduate school of Middlebury College located in California.

“Middlebury is an institution I’ve long admired for its spirit of innovation, its liberal arts tradition and its commitment to excellence,” Burger said in a Middlebury press release. “I’m excited about the opportunity to join the senior team under [President Ron Liebowitz’s] leadership and to work with the talented and creative people in the communications offices in Middlebury and Monterey.”

Burger has worked at Brandeis since March 2010, first under former Senior Vice President of Communications Andrew Gully, then staying with the university after Gully left this summer to become worldwide director of communications for Sotheby’s, an international art auction firm.

Burger began his career as a writer and editor of Newsweek, where he spent 14 years. He was also a foreign correspondent in London and Tokyo. Before coming to higher education, he worked in information services and online publishing. At Stanford University, where he earned his undergraduate degree, Burger served as editor-in-chief of The Stanford Daily.

“Bill’s primary charge as vice president will be to develop and implement an integrated communications strategy that meets the needs of the college and each of its individual schools and programs, clarifies our internal communication processes, and enables the institution to represent its collective identity to the wider world,” Liebowitz said in the press release.