Paul Burgett ’68E, ’72E (PhD), senior presidential advisor, University dean, and friend to thousands of Rochester students, alumni, staff, and the area community, is redefining his high-profile role to allow more time for emerging interests and travel.
Burgett, who will retain his titles of vice president, senior advisor to the president, and University dean, will step down as general secretary as of July 1, retaining the flexibility to contribute to important University decisions and initiatives.
“It is rare that one individual can serve the all-encompassing demands of a major university like ours while building so many personal relationships and bonds of trust as Paul Burgett has,” says President Joel Seligman. “He is and will continue to be my closest advisor for a variety of issues, including the University’s relationship with the Greater Rochester community. Paul is not retiring but cutting back his overall commitment to focus on our campus and our neighbors by giving up the role he played with our board.”
Seligman intends to recommend to the University’s Board of Trustees that Lamar Murphy, his chief of staff, succeed Burgett as general secretary to the board, one of Burgett’s key responsibilities.
Sharon Dickman is University spokesperson.