BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) – A woman with years of experience at Dartmouth College has been chosen dean of students at Montana State University, but will not begin work until the fall of 2008, an official at the Bozeman campus said Wednesday.

Katherine Burke’s most recent position at Dartmouth has been that of acting senior associate dean of the college.

Her employment at MSU will be delayed until late 2008 because she wishes to remain with her daughter, who will be a high school senior this fall, and accept a one-year Dartmouth position that recently became available, said Allen Yarnell, MSU vice president for student affairs.

Burke’s work at Dartmouth began with a position as a staff attorney in 1987. Later she became a dean for undergraduate classes.

Other positions she has held at Dartmouth include director of community relations, and deputy director of programs for equal opportunity and affirmative action.

At MSU she will succeed Courtney Stryker, who left in September for a job in the United Arab Emirates, Yarnell said.

He said the MSU work Burke eventually will handle will be spread among an assortment of officials in the time preceding her arrival.

Burke graduated from the University of New Hampshire and the University of Maine School of Law. She is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association.

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