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From the Director

Welcome to the Burke Center, where students and faculty convene to advance our understanding of how the free enterprise system, when executed properly, advances the well-being of everyone in the free societies in which it functions. We are deeply indebted to John J. Burke Jr. and his wife, Kathryn, for their generous support of this Center.

The Burke Center is an independent College-wide center that offers courses in understanding the free enterprise system and in new venture formation to undergraduate students in all of the College’s academic majors Since graduating from Spring Hill College in 1963, John Burke has used his knowledge and skills as an entrepreneur to identify needs in the real estate market and create workable solutions for his clients. Beginning in 1968 with selling single-family residences and then expanding to include multi-family apartments and condominiums, Burke Properties has had a significant positive impact on the Milwaukee landscape.

In addition to hard work and visionary insight, John benefitted from our nation’s economic and political system, which advocates free and open competition and encourages risk-taking. This same powerful system is vulnerable to over-regulation and its potential impact can be impeded by a lack of understanding about how our free enterprise system functions. At the same time, every entity in a free enterprise system has a moral responsibility to advance the common good. The Jesuit values we so strongly uphold place the Burke Center in a unique position to accomplish this.

Explore the Certificate in Free Enterprise Studies and see the other programmatic options available through the Burke Center!

Christopher P. Puto, PhD
President Emeritus
Director of the Center

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