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Westfield State University has appointed Kate Burke as associate director of Alumni Relations and the Annual Fund. In her role, she will be responsible for development, management, and oversight of alumni outreach and engagement initiatives as well as providing leadership to the Alumni Relations team for the management of the Alumni Association and the Lifetime Owls program. In addition, she will provide oversight of the annual fund communications, campaigns, and giving programs.

“I’m excited to join Westfield State University and the Institutional Advancement team,” said Burke.  “I am honored to have this opportunity to work with such great and passionate alumni, students, staff, and volunteers. I’m eager to collaborate and engage with our alumni, donors, staff, and campus and community partners.

“I look forward to enhancing the student, alumni and donor experience through creating and building upon alumni engagement and involvement programs and events, campus and community outreach, and fundraising initiatives,” added Burke, who reports to Dr. Erica Broman, vice president of Institutional Advancement and executive director of the Westfield State Foundation.

According to Broman, Burke comes to Westfield State with a wealth of external, alumni relations and development experience in both higher education and intercollegiate athletics. She has previously made an impact at Colorado School of Mines, Northwestern University, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Oakland University, University of Virginia, and Xavier University.

“We are pleased to welcome Kate and look forward to the level of sophistication that she brings to the Institutional Advancement and the University,” said Dr. Broman. “We will rely on her leadership to work with the Alumni Association to advance the critical role our graduates fill in the success of our students.”

Burke earned a bachelor’s degree at Eastern Illinois University and a master’s degree from Indiana State University.

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