Provost Burish elected to BioCrossroads board of directors

Author: Shannon Chapla


Thomas G. Burish, provost of the University of Notre Dame, has been elected to the board of directors of BioCrossroads, an Indianapolis-based life science initiative.

Founded in 2002, BioCrossroads is a privately funded organization that is dedicated toleveragingIndiana’s existing life science assets to help create new jobs and spur new business opportunities in the state.Its board members represent senior leadership from the states industry, academic and government sectors.

BioCrossroadsgoverning body, implemented two years ago, has supported three major activities: the formation of new, successful life sciences enterprises, such as the Indiana Health Information Exchange and the Indiana Centers for Applied Protein Sciences; direct investment in new Indiana life sciences companies; and helping sustain a marketplace that supports high-skilled job growth in the state.

Burish, the outgoing board chairman of the American Cancer Society and a distinguished scholar in the field of clinical psychology, served as president ofWashingtonandLeeUniversityfor three years before assuming his present position.He wasVanderbiltUniversitys longest-serving provost from 1993 to 2002.

A 1972 graduate of Notre Dame, Burish earned his masters and doctoral degrees in psychology and clinical psychology from theUniversityofKansas.

Burish joined Vanderbilts faculty in 1976 as an assistant professor of psychology and remained at the university for the next 26 years, establishing a prominent reputation in cancer research and serving in numerous administrative positions, including chair of the Department of Psychology from 1984 to 1986.

Additional information on BioCrossroads is available at .

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