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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has named James Burgdorf as the associate director of financial affairs for Bursar Operations (SIUE bursar).

bergdorf jamesBurgdorf takes over the responsibilities of Cathy Foland, who retired June 30 after 25 years of service at the university, including 11 as SIUE bursar.

Prior to joining SIUE, Burgdorf built an extensive professional background in cash handling and customer service through 10 years of banking experience and 12 years with Student Financial Services and Cashier Operations with the University of Illinois System.

“James brings a tremendous amount of relevant experience from his more than 10 years with the University of Illinois System and his involvement with Bursar operations and other organizations as both a leader and conference speaker,” said SIUE Director of Financial Affairs Rich Hampton. “I look forward to James providing leadership, collaborative communication, and new ideas as SIUE’s bursar.”
“I am excited for the opportunity to join SIUE’s campus community,” Burgdorf said. “There is no doubt I have big shoes to fill by following Cathy Foland’s footsteps. I look forward to working with and getting to know the great people on the bursar team. During the next academic year, I will observe, participate in daily operations, work on relationship building across campus, and ask a lot of questions to help determine the best path forward.”

Burgdorf earned a bachelor’s in business administration/economics from Illinois College, and a master’s in accountancy from the University of Illinois Springfield. He has also achieved the Certified Fraud Examiner designation.