2020 Region V Director Election

Candidate profiles for the current regional director election are available below. The candidates who receive the most votes for their respective offices will be installed as such in 2020. Eligible voting members will receive notices regarding voting in the election via email.

The election will run until June 2 at 11 p.m. Eastern. Results will be announced in early June.

Candidates in elections have been asked not to campaign on their behalf, and the same is asked of all ACUI members. All of the information below was submitted by the candidates; the content has not been edited by ACUI. You are encouraged to contact candidates with any questions regarding their candidacy.

Region V Director

There is one candidate for one Region V Director position, which carries a two-year commitment. Click on the candidate name below to read the full candidate profile.

Kyle Burke
What skills, abilities, and experience do you possess that would contribute to your success as a regional director?

As we continue to navigate through these times of uncertainty, Region V will need to develop a plan to adjust in a multitude of ways. We will need to support a virtual Regional Conference in 2020 with education sessions and programs that provide members with valuable information as well as opportunities to connect and bring us together as a community. We will need to make sure that we are making decisions that are fiscally responsible for both the Region as well as the Association. We will need to be innovative as we explore ways to support our members during times of change. It is critical that we care for each other as we continue to support our students and staff at our own institutions.

I believe that there are also some exciting opportunities for the Region in the next couple of years. I look forward to how Region V will advance the Association’s new core competencies, educational goals, research, fundraising, as well as the recommendations from the recent Diversity and Inclusion Report.

Candidate Information

Kyle Burke is the Executive Director for Student Auxiliary Services at Northeastern Illinois University and can be contacted at KE-Burke@neiu.edu or 312.209.2679

Relevant Experience


  • Executive Director for Student Auxiliary Services, 2019 - Present
  • Director of Student Union, Event and Conference Services, 2011 - 2019
  • Director of University Events, 2009 - 2011


  • Member of the 2020 Annual Conference Program Team, 2018 – present
  • Member of the Education and Research Fund Program Team, 2017 – present
  • Member of the ACUI Named Awards and Honors Working Group, 2017 – 2018
  • Member of the Region V Leadership Team – 2014 – 2019
  • Region V Student Involvement Coordinator – 2017 – 2019
  • 2016 Region V Conference Chair – held at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln


  • Member, COVID-19/Coronavirus Task Force – 2020 – present
  • Co-Chair, Student One-Stop Services Committee – 2020 – present
  • Member, Emergency Management Team – 2019 – present
  • Chair, 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 University Advisory Council (Comprehensive Shared Governance Council)
  • Member, University Advisory Council – Administrative & Professional Representative – 2016 - 2019
  • Member, Student Housing Committee – 2015 – present
  • Chair, NEIU Commencement Planning Committee – 2009 – present


    Master of Arts in Educational Leadership: Higher Education
    Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts Administration


Skills and Perspectives

I have worked in Higher Education for over 11 years and have been an active ACUI volunteer since 2011. My previous volunteer experiences with Region V have provided me with an opportunity to understand the organizational structure and functions of the Regional Leadership Team. I have also been able to meet many of the wonderful people within this unique Region. I believe that I have an in-depth understanding of the needs of our regional institutions and its members.

I have also served on many committees and tasks forces during my time at Northeastern Illinois University. I am currently on the COVID-19/Coronavirus task force which provides me with a seat at the table as the institution navigates through our plans to reopen and get through the pandemic. I also served for two years as the Chair of the University Advisory Council which is a comprehensive shared governance council comprised of students, faculty, and staff from across the university. All of these experiences have shown me what it takes to work collectively towards a common goal.

When working with a team, I am an effective collaborator with a focus on being innovative, inclusive, supportive, as well as an open and honest communicator. I am dedicated to the virtues of integrity, professionalism, respect, diversity, equity, and inclusivity. I believe people would describe me as creative, self-motivated, energetic, responsible, detail focused, and organizationally motivated.

I look forward to utilizing these perspectives and skills to serve the members of Region V.

Kyle Burke
Region V
Kyle Burke
Northeastern Illinois University

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