The announcement that Clarkson College has decided on its next president provides an occasion to recognize the accomplishments and dedication of a longtime leader in Omaha, Dr. Louis Burgher.
Burgher, trained as a pulmonary physician, has brought positive change at a series of local institutions. As president of Clarkson Hospital, he helped manage the complex transition for the merger of Clarkson and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, serving as CEO of the new Nebraska Health System, which became Nebraska Medicine. He offered leadership as president of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce.
During his presidency of Clarkson College for the past nine years, the school has made wide-ranging advances. Some examples, as noted by World-Herald staff writer Rick Ruggles: A tripling of enrollment to 1,200. The addition of doctoral programs in health care education and leadership and in nursing practice. Success with online programs. Installation of simulation labs.
Burgher’s successor at Clarkson, Tony Damewood, currently vice president of operations, will assume the presidency in August. Burgher will continue to aid Clarkson in various ways as president emeritus.
Clarkson is wise to continue to draw on his insights and experience. Our community has been fortunate to have benefited from Louis Burgher’s leadership for these many years.