From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Burse, Luther, Sr.

(born: 1937) 

Luther Burse, Sr., the son of Ernestine Merriweather Perry and the stepson of Monroe Perry, was born in Hopkinsville, KY. He is a 1958 graduate of Kentucky State University (BS), a 1960 graduate of the University of Indiana (MEd), and a 1969 graduate of the University of Maryland (EdD).

Burse has taught in public schools and at the university level and was acting president of Cheyney State College, 1981-1982 [now Cheyney University of Pennsylvania]. He was president of Fort Valley State College, 1983-1989 [now Fort Valley State University]; Director of Civil Rights with the U.S. Forest Service; president of the Kentucky State University National Alumni Association; and Director of Urban Programs and Diversity for the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges.

Burse has received a number of awards, including the Kentucky State University Leadership Award and is listed among the Outstanding Educators of America.

For more see Who's Who Among African Americans, 1977-2006; K. F. Kazi, "The Forest Service is growing diversity," Black Collegian, vol. 24, issue 2 (Nov/Dec 1993), p. 72; and "5th President" at the Fort Valley State University website.

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