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Julie BurgumJulie Burgum
BS ’75, home economics education and early childhood education
MEd ’02, education
Heritage Award for Alumni Service

Alumna Julie Burgum is a respected member and contributor of the NDSU community, noted for her passionate and ongoing dedication to her alma mater.

She grew up near Napoleon, North Dakota, and attended school in Streeter, North Dakota.

Burgum then earned her bachelor’s degree in home economics education and early childhood education and later returned to campus to earn her master’s degree in education. As an NDSU student, she made many friends as a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and the student home economics organization.

Those connections set the stage for decades of involvement with the university. Burgum is a member of the College of Human Development and Education’s Board of Visitors, a trustee of the NDSU Foundation and Alumni Association and a member of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Advisory Board. She also is a former member of the BisonArts board.

In addition, she continues as the family representative presenting the annual Katherine Burgum Outstanding Student Scholarship, and her many behind-the-scenes efforts helped make NDSU’s state-of-the-art food production laboratory a reality.

During her professional career, Burgum held teaching positions at Central Valley High School, Central Cass High School and West Fargo Middle School. Her last occupation was as a Guardian ad Litem.

Burgum is active in community service, sharing her leadership skills and commitment with such organizations as the Plains Art Museum, Sanford Foundation and the Casselton Heritage Center.

In a letter of support for her nomination, Mike and Joanne Warner described Burgum’s support of NDSU this way – ”She knows we are here in service to the students, and then by extension to our state and ultimately the greater society. She has been a constant voice for this and a source of inspiration to many.”

Burgum lives in Casselton, North Dakota. She and her late husband, Brad, have two sons, James (Abigail) and Benjamin. She has three grandsons: Calvin, Parks and Grant.

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