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Irene Burgess

Dr. Irene Burgess

Executive Director

Favorite O’Connor Short Story: “Revelation”

Favorite O’Connor Quotation: “You are wrong that it was long ago I gave up thinking anything could be worked out on the surface. I have found it out, like everybody else, the hard way and only in the last years as a result of I think two things, sickness and success. In a sense sickness is a place, more instructive than a long trip to Europe, and it’s always a place where there’s no company, where nobody can follow. Sickness before death is a very appropriate thing and I think those who don’t have it miss one of God’s mercies. Success is almost as isolating and nothing points out vanity as well. But the surface hereabouts has always been very flat. I come from a family where the only emotion respectable to show is irritation. In some this tendency produces hives, in others literature, in me both.”


Dr. Irene Burgess is the inaugural executive director of the Andalusia institute.

After a traditional career in small private liberal arts colleges as an English Professor, Department Chair, Associate Dean, and Provost in Appalachia and the Midwest, Irene Burgess worked for ten years in higher education consortium leadership at the Appalachian College Association and the Pennsylvania Consortium for the Liberal Arts. She received her bachelors of science in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University, a masters in English at the University of NH, and a doctorate in English at Binghamton University. Her original specialization was in 16th and 17th century English women writers, but she has also worked in women’s studies and collaborative leadership strategies.

Tammie Burke

Tammie Burke

Administrative Assistant

Tammie Burke joined Andalusia Institute in 2020.  She has been the Office Coordinator for Creative Arts Therapies since 2015.  She began her career in the Registrar’s Office in May of 2004 as coordinator of Office Services.