ason Burke has devoted his life to service.
He served his nation as a member of the U.S. Navy for more than two decades — as a naval aviator and, later, as a commanding officer, where he left his mark as a distinguished pilot and esteemed educator. The university quickly felt his impact when he was named director of veteran and military affairs seven years ago, and helped Quinnipiac gain the recognition as No. 1 most military friendly four-year university in the United States that offers doctoral degrees by the non-profit Military Friendly.
So it was no wonder why members of the university's senior leadership team tapped Burke to lead its contact-tracing efforts when the university found itself on the front lines of the battle with COVID-19.
Burke and Wendy Sewack, assistant director of our School of Medicine's Global Public Health Program, serve as the university's contact tracing co-directors. They manage 20 volunteer contact-tracers.
Earlier this week, Burke got a call just after 6 a.m. with details of 20 new students with positive COVID-19 results. He immediately sprang into action beginning the process of understanding who they may have infected.
"It's an honor — and somewhat exhausting — to be able to help protect and keep our campus community safe," Burke said. "We're doing everything possible to stop this virus, and I am proud of all of the individuals who have stepped up to serve."