Press Release: Linda Burton to Lead Cambridge Center for Adult Education


Cambridge, MA, Thursday July 12, 2016 - The Board of Directors of the Cambridge Center for Adult Education (CCAE) is delighted to announce that Linda Burton will become Executive Director effective August 1, 2016. Highly regarded as a leader in the field of continuing education and professional development, Linda served for thirteen years as President and CEO of MIS Training Institute, which she helped transform from a U.S. based seminar company into a substantially higher growth international organization offering more than 500 seminars and events across five continents. By every account, she has done so with an inclusive, transparent, thoughtful and strategically imaginative leadership style – an approach the Board believes will serve the Center exceptionally well.

After a successful career in the commercial sector, Linda was attracted by “the Center’s content breadth and its tradition of bringing students and teachers together in a lively learning environment that was both enriching and empowering.” CCAE Board chairman Jock Herron noted that the Search Committee and the Board as a whole were particularly impressed by, “Linda’s track record of organically boosting net revenues with integrity, openness and a collaborative leadership style. We are delighted that Linda has agreed to serve as our next Executive Director, building on the accomplishments of her predecessors Susan Hartnett and Jim Smith.”

Importantly, it is also a pleasure for the Board to announce that Michael Goldman who has been such an effective Interim Director since last October will return to his earlier position as Assistant Director. Michael’s leadership during the transition has been critically important in moving the Center forward on a number of important fronts. We believe Linda and Michael will make a great leadership team. Board member Mimi Coolidge chaired the Search Committee and John Tarvin of Third Sector managed the search.

About Cambridge Center for Adult Education

Founded as the Cambridge Social Union in 1870, the Cambridge Center for Adult Education is a self-supporting non-profit organization providing community members with the opportunity to explore their interests and nurture their talents and potential. Renamed  the Cambridge Center for Adult Education (CCAE) in 1938, the Center has consistently offered the most diverse menu of courses to adults in Cambridge and surrounding areas. While embracing technology and an increasingly diverse array of learning formats, the CCAE remains deeply committed to place-based, person-to-person, experiential learning across a wide range of domains from the visual arts to literature, from ESL to culinary craft, from dance to theatre, from music to entrepreneurship, and beyond.

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