Morgan Burke

Morgan Burke

2017-Present – Purdue University Global
(Vice President)

1992-2017 – Purdue University
(Director of Athletics)

1989-1992 – Inland Steel
(Vice President of Human Resources)

1975-1989 – Inland Steel
(Director of Personnel)

Morgan Burke is a proven business executive and collegiate athletics’ professional with an extensive track record of delivering results in both the private and public sectors.

Morgan retired as Vice President and Director of Athletics on June 30, 2017 after completing 25 years in this role at his alma mater, Purdue University.  Prior to Purdue, Burke’s distinguished career began in the business world in 1975, culminating as Vice President of a Fortune 500 company – Inland Steel Company.

Leveraging his diverse strategic management expertise, he achieved significant milestones for the university’s athletics’ program improving conference/national ranking and academic performance.  Boilermaker programs, including football and men’s basketball, achieved a high level of competitive success nationally and in the Big Ten Conference.  Similar excellence was experienced in the classroom as the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and grade point average (GPA) reached record levels.

During his Purdue tenure, Burke identified and addressed multiple athletics construction and renovation projects – totaling over $350M. Impressively, Burke’s athletic department ran in the black throughout his tenure and consistently one of a handful of Division I programs (out of 351) that had done so on an annual basis.

Burke has served on several Big Ten boards – Executive, Program/Budget and Compliance – and a number of NCAA committees: Leadership Council, Championships and Competition, and Postseason Football.  He was honored in 2010 as the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Central Region Under Armour AD of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).

In 1980, Burke earned a law degree with distinction from John Marshall Law School in Chicago.  He received his Masters in Industrial Relations degree with honors from Purdue University’s Krannert Business School while serving as an assistant varsity swim coach.  During his undergraduate studies at Purdue, Burke served as captain of the swim team his senior year.

Burke’s wife, Kate, is a Purdue alumna and pharmacist.  They have three children – Joyce, Morgan Jr., and Patrick, who are also Purdue graduates.


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