Burke Is Neighborhood Center Director

By Patricia Delaney
Director of Media Relations

Timothy J. Burke, assistant director of the Boston College Neighborhood Center since its founding, was named director of the center on June 1.

Burke replaces Theodore Dziak, SJ, who has served as director of the Neighborhood Center since it opened in January 1995, and is returning to his other University responsibilities, particularly with the Ignacio Volunteer Program. Fr. Dziak will continue to serve as Jesuit advisor to the Neighborhood Center.

"Tim is an ideal choice to succeed Fr. Dziak as director of the Neighborhood Center," said Vice President Margaret A. Dwyer in announcing the appointment. "He lives in the community, knows the people there and is acutely aware of how the partnership between the University and Allston-Brighton can be successful. I think Tim has the respect of those in the community who have utilized the center and he will continue to look for ways in which Boston College, through the center, can be helpful to the community."

Neighborhood Center Director Timothy Burke. (Photo by Lee Pellegrini)

As assistant director, Burke has been responsible for staff management, budget preparation and volunteer coordination. He also has acted as liaison to the community and worked with various schools within the University to create programs and volunteer opportunities for students that address community needs.

"Fr. Dziak has built a solid foundation at the Neighborhood Center and what we have to do now is expand on it," said Burke. "We need to reach out further to the community, as well as to staff people at BC, who've indicated a strong desire to be part of the Neighborhood Center's work." He added that the center will continue to rely on the support of University President J. Donald Monan, SJ, who founded the center and who will continue to be involved with it after he assumes the University chancellorship on July 31.

Prior to joining the center, Burke worked at the Boston Housing Authority as senior planner for policy/program development (1986-89) and project manager for planning design and development (1989-94). Previously, he was senior policy analyst for the Senate Post Audit Bureau, auditor for Massport Authority and community liaison for the Boston School Department.

Burke recently completed master's degree studies in the Graduate School of Social Work. He also holds a master's degree in urban affairs from Boston University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration.

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