Ex-superintendent shifts gears, earns LFCC honor
At 56, former Winchester schools superintendent Glenn Burdick went back to school to become a nurse.
He chose Lord Fairfax Community College because of its proximity, his familiarity with the staff and its “high-quality” education.
“It’s a real community treasure,” he said.
After graduating in 2007 with an associate’s degree in nursing, Burdick became a registered nurse, working at Winchester Medical Center for two years.
He then joined the nursing staff of Blue Ridge Hospice, and in 2011 became the executive director of St. Luke Community Clinic in Front Royal, a facility offering free medical care.
The Winchester resident also served on the LFCC College Board for eight years, two as chairman.
In May, Burdick, 64, received the LFCC Distinguished Alumni Award for his accomplishments.
“Dr. Burdick was selected for the award based on his outstanding commitment to LFCC and the community, as well as his professional accomplishments,” said LFCC Educational Foundation Executive Director Liv Heggoy, in an email. “We are very proud of him.”
“I was very humbled, very surprised by the award,” Burdick said. “It came out of the blue. I just think so highly of the institution and the staff and faculty.”
Burdick began his career in 1970 as a math teacher in the Portsmouth Public Schools.
He went on to serve as a high school principal in Augusta County and as an assistant schools superintendent in Staunton.
In 1991, he became the superintendent for Winchester Public Schools and served there until 2001, when he retired at 52.
Burdick went on to teach a master’s and doctoral program in educational leadership at Shenandoah University until 2004.
He then decided to follow in his mother’s footsteps to become a nurse and enrolled in LFCC’s nursing program.
“I still didn’t feel like I was ready to be put out to pasture,” he said.
In honor of his mother, Burdick established the Margaret T. Burdick Memorial Nursing Scholarship to benefit a student at LFCC.
The $1,500-$2,000 scholarship will help those who may not be able to afford college, such as Burdick’s mother, who passed her licensure exam despite not receiving a degree.
Burdick, who has no plans to retire from his latest career just yet, applauded LFCC for being “well-run with an exceptional reputation and fine faculty” and for being a “good bargain.”
“It should be high on the list of choices of high school graduates and career-changers,” he said. “For those folks who have any doubts, they should not have any doubts.”
Burdick also said the college’s staff offers all students the attention they might not receive at four-year colleges.
“Folks don’t fall to the wayside at Lord Fairfax.”
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