Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives


Dr Edward Burger

Edward B. Burger

15th president of
Southwestern University

“I am honored to serve as president of such a special liberal arts institution—an institution that is able to embrace its noble traditions while reimagining education in this new century with innovation, creativity and wisdom.”
                                                                        — President Edward B. Burger

Edward B. Burger began his presidency of Southwestern University in July 2013. Prior to being elected president of Southwestern, he was the Francis Christopher Oakley Third Century Professor of Mathematics at Williams College and a nationally known leader in educational innovation.

A native of New York, President Burger graduated summa cum laude with distinction in mathematics from Connecticut College and earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from The University of Texas at Austin. He served on the faculty at Williams College from 1990 until he was named president of Southwestern.

President Burger was one of 100 people named to The Huffington Post’s list of “Game Changers” in 2010, and received from Baylor University the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, one of the most prestigious teaching awards in the world.

A noted scholar, President Burger has authored or co-authored more than 35 research articles as well as 12 books including his most recent, The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking. He has received speaking invitations from organizations such as Microsoft, World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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