Alumnus elected to Bradley University Board of Trustees

August 10, 2012

Peoria, IL (August 10, 2012) Gary Burk, retired president of Duke Construction and a 1974 graduate of Bradley University, has been elected to a four-year term on the Bradley Board of Trustees.

“Gary Burk brings to the Board of Trustees a breadth of professional experience and a strong commitment to his alma mater,” Bradley President Joanne K. Glasser said. “I am confident he will make a lasting contribution to assist Bradley in moving toward national distinction.” 

“I am honored to serve Bradley on the Board of Trustees, and support the leadership and vision of President Glasser,” Burk said. “Bradley has taken significant strides forward in the last five years and I believe more great achievements are ahead for the University, the faculty and our students.”

In addition to his position with Duke Construction, Burk was Vice Chairman of the Duke Realty Corporation Board of Directors from 2003 to 2004 and previously served as Co-Chief Operating Officer of that company.  Under his direction, Duke Construction consistently ranked among Engineering News Record’s Top 100 Construction Management Firms and Top 400 Contractors.  The firm received awards from the American Institute of Steel Construction and American Subcontractors Association.  From 1972 to 2004, Duke constructed more than 75 million square feet of office, industrial and retail space.  At the time of his retirement, Duke Realty had over $2 billion in total annual revenues with construction volume averages in excess of $800 million.  

In 2004, Mr. Burk was given the highest honor a citizen of the state of Indiana can receive when Governor Joseph Kernan named him a Sagamore of the Wabash. Mr. Burk is a resident of Indianapolis, Ind.

Mr. Burk, who has a degree in construction, has been a member of Bradley’s Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology Executive Advisory Council for 10 years, serving as its chair since 2005. He was inducted into Bradley’s Centurion Society in 2003 in recognition of his professional success, and his commitment to the Indianapolis community and his alma mater. 

Bradley is a private, independent university in Peoria, Illinois, offering 6,000 students the choice of more than 100 academic programs. Bradley links academic excellence, experiential learning and leadership development with an entrepreneurial spirit for a world-class education. Its size provides students extensive resources not available at most private colleges and the personal attention not commonly found at large universities.