A business executive who leads efforts to innovate and commercialize new technologies for the Chevron Corporation was recognized for her support of the University this winter.
Barbara Burger ’83, the president of Chevron Technology Ventures, a unit of Chevron that focuses on new technology and commercial opportunities, received the John N. Wilder Award at a ceremony in San Francisco in January.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Rochester, Burger went on to receive a doctorate in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1987 and an MBA in finance from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1994. She joined Chevron in 1987 as a researcher and later held executive leadership positions before being named to her current role in 2013.
A founding member of the San Francisco Bay Regional Cabinet, Burger has also joined the Texas Regional Cabinet. She has served on her 30th reunion committee and is a member of the George Eastman Circle, the University’s leadership annual giving society. In 2012, she established the Barbara J. Burger Endowed Scholarship in the Sciences to support students pursuing degrees in biology, chemistry, earth and environmental sciences, or physics.
Established in 2008, the Wilder Award honors an individual, family, association, corporation, or foundation whose philanthropy inspires others in support of an “ever better” University. The award is named for John Wilder, first president of the University’s Board of Trustees.