Bill Burrichter Elevated to Vice President for Student Life

August 22, 2023

Bill Burrichter ’92 has been elevated to the position of Vice President for Student Life.

Wayne D. Lewis, Jr., President of Houghton University, announced the appointment to the University community on August 21, 2023. He stepped into this role in an interim capacity in April of this year.

“I count it a privilege to be able to serve the Lord, our students and my alma mater in this capacity,” said Burrichter. “With 20 years of experience in higher education and just as many in K-12 education, I can’t imagine a better environment within which to work.  I love the curiosity, challenge and excitement the university students bring to campus.  I look forward to helping shape the next generation of scholar-servants to lead and labor in an ever-changing world in service to God.”

Prior to his appointment as Interim Vice President, he served as Executive Director of the Center for Student Success. For the last year, he has co-led Houghton’s Middle State Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) self-study process with Associate Provost Ann Monroe-Baillargeon. As Vice President, he will continue to provide leadership for the Center for Student Success in addition to Residence Life and Housing, Health Services, Safety and Security, Spiritual Life, Student Engagement and International Student Services.

“Dr. Burrichter is a highly qualified, experienced, well-known and trusted administrator, clinician, professor, mentor, and colleague,” said President Lewis.

He brings to this role a tremendous combination of experience and expertise in academics, student life, and mental health. Also, absolutely essential to leadership at Houghton, he loves Jesus, he believes in Houghton and the value of Christ-centered higher education, and he is committed to ensuring that Houghton remains a Christ-centered, compassionate, and nurturing environment for Highlanders.


Dr. Burrichter and his wife Kelly live on a small farm outside Houghton, NY. He loves spending time in nature and his academic interests focus on the spiritual and mental health benefits of being in natural environments. All three of his children are Houghton alumni.