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St. David’s Foundation Announces New Leader

For Immediate Release: September 4, 2019

Last December, longtime St. David’s Foundation CEO Earl Maxwell announced his plans to retire at the end of 2019, pending the recruitment of a new CEO for the Austin-based health foundation.

Today the Foundation announced that Edward B. Burger, Ph.D. will become President and Chief Executive Officer of St. David’s Foundation. Dr. Burger is currently president of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, as well as a professor of mathematics. He will join the Foundation in January, 2020.

“During his career, President Burger has been an exceptional leader and teacher who has inspired those around him to be more creative, more innovative, and more mindful,” said Peter Pincoffs, Board Chair for St. David’s Foundation. “Beyond overseeing the creation of one of the nation’s most cutting-edge interconnected and holistic programs within and beyond the classroom inviting students to grow intellectually and personally, Ed raised over $100 million largely to support students with financial need. Dr. Burger has been a mission-driven leader who will be a strong cultural fit for the Foundation.  He’ll be an effective successor to follow the tremendous record of achievement of our current CEO, Earl Maxwell.”

“Ed’s empathy and warmth bring individuals and communities together, and his strategic vision has inspired profound change,” said Earl Maxwell, CEO of St. David’s Foundation. “His motto at Southwestern, ‘Think, Create, Connect: to make meaning and make a difference’ beautifully captures his accomplishments at the highly regarded university. We are all excited that Ed will be bringing his boundless positive energy and tremendous leadership skills to the Foundation, and guiding our important work. I hope the entire community will join me in welcoming Dr. Burger to the St. David’s Foundation family. We are delighted that he will be the next leader of our organization, as we continue to strive to make Central Texas the healthiest community in the world.”


“I want to express my deepest appreciation to the Board and to Earl Maxwell for placing their trust in me to be the next leader of this inspiring and remarkable organization.  It will be my distinct honor to help to further the Foundation’s meaningful mission.” – Dr. Edward Burger

Link to Dr. Edward Burger’s Biography


Coverage of the announcement:

Austin American – Statesman

Chronicle of Philanthropy

Community Impact

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