Burg, Mary

Year Inducted: 
Mary Burg
  • KU Mortar Board Adviser
  • Member of the Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center Advisory Board
  • Fondly described as the “central hub of the University Of Kansas”

       Mary Burg, who has served as Executive Assistant to the Chancellor for more than 15 years at KU, has been described as a goodwill ambassador, master organizer, sensitive reader of people, and central hub of the university. Mary‘s important work on campus may not at first glance be quickly observed, but her skill in assisting the Chancellor in accomplishing her agenda and handling sensitive, difficult issues has been critical to the effective functioning of the campus. Dr. Karen Miller, Dean of the School of Nursing, Dean of the Schools of Nursing and Allied Health, and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs at the KU Medical Center, describes Mary as, “selfless in her commitment to the goals of the Chancellors she has served. She genuinely looks out for the best interests of the many KU student, faculty, staff, and leaders who come in contact with her every day.

          Deb Teeter, Director of Institutional Research and Planning, elaborates, “She loves to tap dance and the skill has served her well in her position. Her wit and her easy laughter promotes a productive work environment. She does not shy away from difficult issues and tackles them forthrightly. Integrity is evident in all that she does.” Dr. Mabel Rice, Fred and Virginia Merrill Distinguished Professor of Advanced Studies, further describes Mary’s important role in bringing together groups to achieve campus initiatives: “She brings a high degree of professionalism, discretion, insight, and unobtrusive competencies to her oversight of committees, information gathering, and overall wrangling of people at various levels of participation in the administration of the university. She manages to make people-wrangling look effortless, and brings to task a poise and grace that leaves everyone feeling appreciated and happy to donate time and effort to getting things done.”

          Mary makes it a point to involve herself in the life of the campus. She serves as advisor to Mortar Board and serves on numerous committees and advisory boards, including the Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center. She also has had an active role in the community, volunteering her time for organizations that benefit women, including the United Way and the Fairy Godmother Fund. Mary is described by Deb Teeter as, “a fully realized Jayhawk who has a KU blue wardrobe that rivals the Chancellor’s!”

          Chancellor Gray-Little sums up Mary’s accomplishments, “Mary has served KU for almost two decades and continues to do so with enthusiasm. One of her most salient characteristics is her upbeat, can–do attitude. She is invaluable in our office not only because she is a thoughtful staff manager, but because she serves as an advisor to me on everything KU. By virtue of the quality of her work and the length of her tenure, Mary is an ideal candidate for KU Women’s Hall of Fame.”

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