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BRENDA BURDICK TO JOIN MCLA’S BOARD OF TRUSTEES


March 14, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announces that Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has appointed Brenda Burdick, senior manager of marketing and public relations at General Dynamics Mission Systems in Pittsfield, as the newest member of its Board of Trustees.

MCLA President James F. Birge said he is pleased to welcome Burdick to the Board.

“Brenda Burdick brings more than 25 years of experience in business communications and marketing – as well as public, community, and government relations – to MCLA’s Board of Trustees,” Birge said. “Through her extensive community service throughout the Berkshires, which includes her work with the Berkshire Compact for Education and as a corporator on the MCLA Foundation, she is dedicated to helping others who live in this region. I look forward to working with her as she joins us to continue to advance the work of the College.”

Burdick joined General Dynamics in Pittsfield in 1995, when she began work at General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. In 2002, Burdick became the marketing and public relations manager for General Dynamics Mission Systems, before she assumed the position of senior manager of marketing and public relations for the company in 2014.

Previous to her work with General Dynamics, Burdick was the director of sales and marketing for Swift River Inn in Cummington, and was both a sales manager and a public relations assistant for Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires, in Lenox.

Burdick earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a double major in business communications and marketing from Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I.

From 2008-2017, Burdick was a member of the Berkshire United Way board of directors serving as its chairperson, 2013-15, and vice chairperson, 2015-17 and 2011-13. She was also a member of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce board of directors since 2009 and currently serves as an executive committee member of 1Berkshire.

Burdick also is a board member of the Berkshire Music School, an advisory board member of the Berkshire Innovation Center, a corporator for the MCLA Foundation, an advisory board member of the Berkshire Compact for Education.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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