Buckeye couple challenges others to support public health

September 27, 2010

Brian and Liz, an MPH alumna from the Class of 2007, have pledged to give $25,000 toward student scholarships by 2012.

Liz and Brian Burkett have a challenge for all College of Public Health alumni. Brian and Liz, an MPH alumna from the Class of 2007, have pledged to give $25,000 toward student scholarships by 2012.

Their goal? For all alumni to match that gift with combined giving of $25,000 in new and additional donations by 2012 to selected funds.

Liz and Brian are committed Buckeyes. As an undergraduate, Burkett met her future husband, Brian, while the two lived in Taylor Tower.

Liz went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1982, a Juris Doctorate in 1986, and a Master of Public Health in 2007, all from Ohio State.

Brian works at Ohio State in Facilities Operations and Development, and two of the couple’s three children are presently pursuing degrees at Ohio State.

With so much invested in Ohio State, Liz and Brian have been financially supporting the university since 1986. However, the couple made their most significant commitment by pledging to give $25,000 to the College of Public Health’s general scholarship fund by 2012. They are halfway to their goal, and challenge all alumni to support any of the following funds in the College:

“Public health is such a pivotal area in our society, and I think it’s kind of gotten a short shrift with funding,” said Liz, an attorney at Colley Shroyer and Abraham in Columbus.

If each alum increases his or her annual gift by at least $25, or gives an initial gift of $25, the goal will be accomplished.

“Whatever you can give is important,” Liz said. “We hope others will help fund programs that can truly make a difference in our communities.”

To participate in the challenge visit giveto.osu.edu/burkettchallenge. If you have questions about the challenge contact the college’s development office at (614) 293-8264 or LKilloren@cph.osu.edu.


The But for Ohio State campaign is a $2.5 billion fundraising endeavor that invites those who believe in Ohio State to invest in our students, our faculty, and our potential.

*Gifts through April 30, 2016


—Patty Tambling Lutz ’69