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Board of Trustees

R. William Burgess Jr. '81

R. William BurgessPartner
North Bridge Venture Partners

Weston, Massachusetts

Elected 2011 (Alumni Trustee)
A.B. Dartmouth College
M.B.A. Harvard University

Bill Burgess is a partner with North Bridge Venture Partners and a former Managing General Partner of ABS Ventures. He has worked closely with emerging growth technology companies as an investor and adviser throughout his career. Prior to venture capital, Bill advised technology companies for two decades in matters of corporate finance and M&A, primarily at Alex Brown & Sons and subsequently at Deutsche Bank, where he held a number of management positions, including Vice Chairman of Global Corporate Finance and head of DB Venture Partners.


Bill has deep experience on boards of public and private corporations as well as not-for-profit organizations. Among for-profit corporations, he currently serves as a board member of Actifio, Certona, Firm58, Ohana, Salsify, and SpringCM. In addition to his role as Trustee and Chair of the Finance Committee on the Dartmouth Board, Bill also serves on the boards of Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, the Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, and Issue One. He is also Chairman Emeritus of the Trustees of the New England Aquarium and Trustee and President Emeritus of St. Mark's School. On Dartmouth's Board of Trustees, Bill has had leadership roles in the areas of finance, institutional advancement, the Capital Campaign, executive searches, and strategic planning.


At Dartmouth, Burgess was president of his fraternity, president of the Interfraternity Council, and a member of Sphinx, Green Key, and Paleopitus. He played rugby, football, and lacrosse. Since graduation, he has served Dartmouth as class president, class agent, Alumni Council representative, and reunion giving chair. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. Bill is an avid hiker, sailor, skier and fly-fisherman. He is married to Barbara Burgess, and they have five children.

Last Updated: 8/15/17