The Burian University-Community Lecture Series was established in memory of the founding dean of Western Michigan University's College of Health and Human Services. Dr. Bill Burian perceived his community as being global. He was professor and dean of the college from its initiation in 1976 until his death in 1988. He had much foresight and vision. While on a trip to Africa, he contracted a rare and deadly lung infection.
To continue Burian's legacy and honor his outstanding professional achievements, the University, in conjunction with the College of Health and Human Services, established the Burian University-Community Lecture Series in 1989. The lecture series is intended to be a distinguished event that will have broad appeal to the health and human services sector in southwest Michigan.