Michele C. Burris

Interim Vice President for Student Affairs

Michele Burris has more than 35 years of experience in Jesuit higher education. As the interim vice president for student affairs, she leads all student affairs staff members, functions, and budgets across Fordham’s multiple campuses.

Burris earned a bachelor’s degree in news editorial journalism and political science from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and a master’s degree in education with a concentration in counseling from Providence College in Rhode Island, where she also served as a resident director. After completing her master’s degree, she served as an area coordinator at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, before joining the Division of Student Affairs at Fordham University. She served as the assistant director of residential life at the Rose Hill campus for three years before being named the dean of residential life. After eight years in that role, Burris joined the student affairs team at Marymount College of Fordham University in Tarrytown, New York, where she served as the assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students. She returned to the Rose Hill campus in 2006 to serve as the associate vice president for student affairs.  She was appointed interim vice president for student affairs in the summer of 2023.

Burris is an active member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the Association of Title IX Administrators, the SUNY Title IX Student Conduct Institute, and the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society. She also serves on the board of directors of the Rose Hill Housing Management Corporation. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, Joe, and their children, James and Katharine.