Father Kevin F. Burke, S.J., will serve as Vice President for Mission

March 08, 2017

Father John P. Fitzgibbons, S.J., President of Regis University, has announced his appointment of Father Kevin F. Burke, S.J., to be the University’s next Vice President for Mission, beginning Aug. 1. He will replace Tom Reynolds, who is retiring this summer after serving in a variety of roles for Regis since 1987.

The Vice President for Mission serves on the President’s cabinet and coordinates efforts to deepen and share the University’s Jesuit, Catholic mission and identity with faculty, staff, students, alumni and beyond.

Burke brings a wealth of experience in Jesuit higher education to this role, having served for two decades as a professor of theology at two Jesuit theology centers – at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California. He served as dean and acting president at the latter from 2006-12. In addition, he has been a valuable member of Regis’ Board of Trustees and he sits on the board of the University of San Francisco, as well as on the boards of several other organizations. He is a nationally recognized speaker at universities and theological conferences and the author or editor of seven books and many articles that address contemporary theological and social issues.

“I am so proud to welcome such an accomplished intellectual and nationally recognized theologian to our Regis community,” said Fitzgibbons in a recent letter to students, faculty and staff. “With his background and commitment to Regis and its Jesuit, Catholic mission, he will be a tremendous resource to our community and Jesuit higher education across the country.”

Burke was ordained a priest in 1986 and worked at Regis from 1988 to 1992, serving on the University Ministry team and teaching in the Religious Studies department. During those years, he helped start the Romero House, where Regis undergraduates live in service to others with a commitment to social justice.

“I am thrilled to come to Regis,” said Burke. I could say ‘to come back to Regis,’ since I had the joy of working here 25 years ago. But this moment is new: We are living in a new millennium facing new and daunting challenges. And Regis is new: This university has been constantly renewing itself throughout the years. I am humbled and excited when I think about joining my energies and my hope to all of that.”