Spalding University names long-serving faculty member as new provost

Dr. John Burden

LOUISVILLE Ky. — Spalding University announces that it has elevated associate provost and longtime faculty member Dr. John Burden to the role of provost. He replaces Dr. Joanne Berryman, who is retiring as provost but will remain at the university as a consultant and manager of special academic programs and outreach projects.

As provost, Burden will serve as the chief academic officer at Spalding and oversee all academic affairs of the university.

Burden has been a Spalding faculty member for 20 years and has extensive knowledge of the university’s academic programs.

Before being promoted to associate provost for the 2018-19 year, Burden spent four years as associate dean of the Kosair Charities College of Health and Natural Sciences, overseeing Spalding’s natural science and psychology programs.

He has also served as the chair of the School of Natural Science, where he directed programs for undergraduate students focused on pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-veterinary medicine, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy and other tracks. Burden, who holds bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in chemistry from the University of Louisville, has been a chemistry professor at Spalding since 1999 and is a past recipient of the university’s Outstanding Faculty Award.

Burden has also served as Spalding Faculty Senate President and faculty representative on the university’s board of trustees. Over the course of his Spalding career, he has held roles in strategic planning, curriculum development and review, and accreditation.

“I’m delighted that long-serving faculty member John Burden will move into the role of Spalding University’s new provost,” Spalding President Tori Murden McClure said. “He is highly respected by our faculty and brings a wealth of institutional knowledge to the position. Dr. Burden is a great teacher who understands the goals and dreams of both our faculty and our students as well as the day-to-day challenges they face. He has a strong devotion to Spalding, and our academic programs will be well-served by his leadership.”

Berryman is retiring as provost after three years in the position. Prior to that, she spent seven years as Dean of the Kosair Charities College of Health and Natural Sciences, overseeing nursing, occupational therapy, psychology, athletic training, social work and natural science programs.

Berryman will continue to work at Spalding as a consultant on projects and partnerships that she helped set in motion as provost, including several involving the university’s health sciences programs. She’s also expected to manage leadership training programs.

Berryman came to Spalding after establishing herself as one of the area’s most accomplished health care leaders. She is a former senior vice president of Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s HealthCare and was the CEO of Frazier Rehab Institute. She was named Louisville Business First’s 2019 Health Care Lifetime Hero.

“I can’t thank Joanne Berryman enough for her leadership and wisdom while serving as provost,” McClure said. “She is one of the preeminent leaders in health care in Louisville, and she has been a mentor to me and many others who work at Spalding. We are fortunate that Joanne isn’t going anywhere. In her consulting role, she will continue helping the university carry out its mission of teaching and service.”

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