College Honors President Burke with Bobblehead

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
The President Joseph Burke bobblehead

How good a basketball player was Keuka College President Joseph G. Burke in high school?

Good enough to be recruited by legendary coach Bobby Knight. When Knight was head coach at Army, he tried to convince the young Burke to come to West Point. However, the Chicago native elected to attend the Air Force Academy and the rest is history.

While Burke’s basketball career may not have been bobblehead worthy, his 14-year tenure as Keuka College CEO certainly has been. And last night, a grateful college unveiled the President Joseph G. Burke bobblehead — much to his surprise.

David Sweet, athletic director and head women’s hoop coach, and Ean Titus, president of the Student Senate, presented the bobblehead to Burke at halftime of the men’s basketball game against NEAC rival Cazenovia. Fans with a Keuka ID or voucher received the Burke bobblehead at the conclusion of the game.

The bobblehead holds a globe and model of Ball Hall. Two of the many accomplishment of the Burke administration were Keuka College’s educational presence in the Pacific Rim (China and Vietnam) and the renovation of Ball Hall, the College’s original building.

Burke and his wife, Professor and Chair of Education Diane, will retire at the end of the academic year.

The bobblehead, funded by the Student Senate, seemed to inspire Coach Thad Phillips’ team. Trailing 30-26 at halftime, the Storm rallied to win, 66-57. Earlier in the evening, Sweet’s team rolled to its 19th win in 20 games by beating Cazenovia, 65-45.

Keuka College President Joseph Burke with his bobblehead.