WASHINGTON (7/24/09)--Elizabeth Flores Burkhart, 74, former vice chairman and the first woman board member of the National Credit
Union Administration (NCUA), died early Thursday morning in Winston-Salem, N.C. She suffered a severe stroke on July 16. An appointee of President Ronald Reagan, Burkhart was sworn in to the NCUA Board on July 22, 1982, to complete the unexpired term of Lawrence Connell, who resigned. She served until her retirement on Aug. 17, 1990. At that time, she was NCUA's longest serving board member. During her tenure, she promoted credit union expansion, service to low income groups through the federal community development credit union program, and student-run credit unions. She worked tirelessly with youth, high schools, colleges and universities in that effort. She also championed international credit union development. "Elizabeth Flores Burkhart was a dedicated public servant who used her many life experiences--in the military, in business and in government--to serve the credit union movement to ensure its safety, soundness and development," said Dan Mica, president/CEO of the Credit Union National Association. "Our thoughts are with her family today; we appreciate all of the work she devoted to credit unions during her eight years on the board," Mica said. Before serving at NCUA, she served as associate deputy administrator for information resources management at the Veterans Administration. She arrived in Washington in 1980 as deputy treasurer of the Reagan-Bush Committee. The oldest of 13 children, Burkhart was a former U.S. Marine, teacher, and banker. She is survived by her husband, Jon, and several brothers and sisters.