Dr. Louis W. Burgher
Dr. Louis W. Burgher became President Emeritus of Clarkson College in summer 2016. Prior to this role, he served as the College President since 2007.
Born in a farming community in Iowa and raised in a small town in southwest Nebraska, Dr. Burgher earned a B.S. degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where he entered as a Regents Scholar and received a scholarship to play football for the Cornhuskers. He continued on to medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine in Omaha, where he earned his M.S. degree in medical science and completed his residency in internal medicine. He underwent fellowship training in pulmonary medicine at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. and received his Ph.D. in medical science from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He was appointed president of the Nebraska Thoracic Society, the National Association of Medical Directors of Respiratory Care, and the University of Nebraska College of Medicine Alumni Association. He has served as a member of the Food and Drug Administration Pulmonary and Allergy Drugs Advisory Committee, American Thoracic Society, American Medical Association Commission on Emergency Medical Services, and the University Health System Consortium (UHC), among various other professional societies and community organizations.
During his tenure as Clarkson College President, Dr. Burgher’s leadership cultivated a trusted and reputable learning environment that directly aligns with the Mission and Values he helped establish at the College. Major achievements accomplished during his presidency include the implementation of a Master of Science degree with a specialization in Nurse Anesthesia program, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, and a Doctor in Health Care Education and Leadership (Ed.D.) program. Environmental improvements include the installation of a high-fidelity simulation lab and a more spacious and resource-rich library. The College continues to increase the opportunities for minority students through the Gateway to Success Minority in Nursing Scholarship program, which Dr. Burgher played a key role in developing prior to his presidency at the College. Dr. Burgher also implemented annual strategic planning meetings in which faculty and staff gather to complete a SWOT analysis of the College and form Critical Success Factor teams to address the areas where opportunities are identified.
Dr. Burgher has also been an influential voice and active philanthropist in both the public and private sectors of the community. He has served as member of the Durham Western Heritage Museum Board of Directors and the Boy Scouts of America Mid-America Council Board of Trustees. He has sat on the President’s Advisory Board for Grace University in Omaha. Also, Dr. Burgher was listed in Who’s Who in the Midwest from 1976 through 2005 and has been selected for Who’s Who in America since 2006.
Prior to his appointment at Clarkson College, Dr. Burgher was the medical director of pulmonary medicine and critical care at Bishop Clarkson Memorial Hospital in Omaha from 1969–1991 and the medical director at Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Nebraska from 1987–1990. In 1974, he joined the University of Nebraska Medical Center faculty, beginning a distinguished career in medical education and research. In the period of 1992–1997, he was president and chief executive officer of Clarkson Regional Health Services in Omaha. This experience positioned him for his role as president and CEO of Nebraska Health Systems (now known as Nebraska Medicine), which comprises Clarkson Hospital, UNMC, Richard Young Center, Shenandoah Memorial Hospital, Clarkson West Medical Center, and 23 ambulatory sites in three states. From 2001–2003, he shifted his administrative experience toward civic development as the president and CEO of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce. He has published roughly 50 papers in areas related to pulmonary medicine.
Dr. Burgher lives in Bennington, Neb. with his wife, Susan, an alumna of Bishop Clarkson School of Nursing. He is the father of four married children and grandfather of 11 grandchildren.