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Coleen Burrus, the City’s Ninth Ward alderman, will take director of corporate and foundation relations for Princeton University, effective April 27. She has worked for Northwestern University for the past 11 years, and has been senior director of corporate engagement there since 2009.

At Princeton, Ms. Burrus will lead a team that builds partnerships with corporations and foundations that result in gifts, research awards and research collaborations to support a wide range of University-wide, departmental and program needs. She will develop and implement strategic plans that support the research and funding priorities of the University, according to a press release from Princeton. 

“I am thrilled that Coleen Burrus will become Princeton’s director of corporate and foundation relations,” said Pablo Debenedetti, dean of research. “She has a stellar record of accomplishment in building partnerships with corporations and private foundations. Through inclusive and inspirational leadership and strategic vision, Coleen has developed diverse and high-performing teams. I very much look forward to her leadership, collegial style and strategic thinking.” 

“I am most honored to be joining the Office of the Dean for Research at Princeton University and look forward to working with Dean Debenedetti, President Eisgruber, Provost Lee and the faculty,” Ms. Burrus said. “This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the continued growth and success of the corporate and foundation relations enterprise at the University.”

Ninth Ward Meeting n Burrus Vacancy

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl will hold a community meeting for Ninth Ward residents at 7 p.m. on April 1 at the Levy Center to discuss filling the vacant aldermanic position. She will ask residents about the qualities that they want to see in the new alderman. The term continues until 2017.