BW gathers friends and family to honor two professors and campus leaders who made a significant impact on the campus community.

BW's 2015 Founders Day Honors a Pair of Professors and Campus Leaders

October 15, 2015

Founders-Day-2015-peviewAt this year's Founders Day, BW honored two individuals who have made a significant impact on the campus community. Family members (pictured here) and friends gathered to honor Professor Charles "Charlie" Burke of the political science department and Dr. Warren Scharf of the Conservatory of Music.

Following a luncheon at the Center for Innovation & Growth, attendees moved to north campus for a public unveiling and dedication of the Founders Wall plaques, followed by a moment to honor founder of Baldwin University, John Baldwin; former president of Baldwin-Wallace College, Dr. A. B. Bonds; and former college historian, Dorothy Marks McKelvey. North Quad, Founders Wall, behind North Hall. 

Both of this year's honorees were revered as teachers, mentors, campus leaders and innovators.

Prof. Charles "Charlie" Burke (1935-2013)

A professor of political science for almost forty years, Prof. Charles “Charlie” Burke began teaching at BW in 1970, chaired the department from 1989 to 2010, and led the social sciences division over several terms. A memorable innovator in the classroom and beyond, Charlie required his students to work presidential campaigns, led “Freedom Tours” of sites in the Civil Rights movement, and he was instrumental in bringing the Model U.N. program to Cleveland.  

A presence not only in the classroom but also on campus, Charlie lived in Heritage Hall for years as a faculty-in-residence, taking a keen interest in students’ personal development and serving as an advisor for Student Senate.  Active in campus leadership, Charlie was the first president of the Faculty Senate and served on many task forces dedicated to a range of important campus issues.  He received the Bechberger Award for Human Development in 1976 and the Strosacker Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2002.  Charlie’s legacy of student impact continues through the Paul and Evelyn Burke Scholarship, established by Charlie in memory of his parents for the benefit of BW students.

Dr. Warren Scharf (1929-2014)

Dr. Warren Scharf served BW as director of the Conservatory of Music from 1967 to 1984 and continued teaching until his retirement in 1998.  Under his leadership, the scope of Conservatory initiatives greatly expanded, with such notable additions as the Ferne Patterson Jones Music Library, Riemenschneider Bach Institute, Elysian Trio, Cleveland Music Therapy Consortium, and the Preparatory Department (now Conservatory Outreach). The Conservatory curriculum also underwent major changes during his tenure. 

Warren nurtured positive relationships with faculty in other departments, bridging the gap between the Conservatory and the College. Active in the Cleveland music scene, along with his wife Maggie, Warren also spread the reputation of the Conservatory far beyond campus.  During his directorship, the BW Bach Festival was performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and was the subject of a PBS broadcast.  In his retirement, Warren remained a passionate supporter of the BW Conservatory and Bach Festival.