Vivian Burke Honored with Bust
Dr. Vivian Burke was elected to serve on the Board of Trustees of Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), fulfilling a partial three-year term that ended on June 30, 2011. Burke is a long-time educator who retired from the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System and is mayor pro tempore for the City of Winston-Salem.
A former member of the Board of Trustees at Elizabeth City State University, Burke retired from the school system after having served as a guidance counselor and industrial education coordinator. She has been a member of the Winston-Salem City Council since 1977 where, in addition to serving as mayor pro tempore, she chaired the Public Safety Committee.
Burke is a member of numerous civic and governmental organizations, including the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, the N. C. Mental Health Board, the N. C. League of Municipalities, National Women of Achievement and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is also the founder of the local Black Political Awareness League and a former member of the N.C. Banking Commission.
Burke earned her undergraduate degree from Elizabeth City State University and her M.S. degree from North Carolina A&T State University. In 2002, Livingstone College conferred upon her a Doctor of Humane Letters degree and she received a similar degree from Winston-Salem State University in 2004.
A scholarship in the name of Dr. Burke and her late husband Logan has been established at the WSSU School of Business and Economics.