Francis B. "Frank" Burch, Jr., co-chairman of the Baltimore-based law giant DLA Piper, resigned abruptly last week from Johns Hopkins' medicine and university boards.

Hopkins officials did not announce Burch's departure but confirmed Tuesday he had left on June 19, almost a year after taking the post.

"Mr. Frank Burch has resigned from the boards of trustees of Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Johns Hopkins Health System and Johns Hopkins Hospital for personal reasons," said Gary M. Stephenson, the spokesman.

Officials declined to comment further about Burch, who also did not respond to messages left at his home and office.

Burch, active in community affairs, has served on numerous boards in recent years, including those at Hopkins, the University of Maryland School of Law, the Greater Baltimore Committee, the Baltimore Museum of Art, Calvert School in Baltimore and others.

He joined the board of Hopkins Medicine, which includes the hospital and medical school, in 1996 and was named chairman in March 2011. He took over the position July 1. Burch also served on the search committee that selected the current university president, Ronald J. Daniels.

At Piper, Burch has helped expand the company from a regional law firm with 250 employees to one with more than 4,200 lawyers working in 30 countries.

Recently, he was chosen as recipient of Maryland's 2012 Governor's International Leadership Award, a top award given in the state to recognize global leadership.

He graduated from Georgetown University and the University of Maryland School of Law.

The Hopkins spokesman said in replacing Burch that Hopkins Medicine will "go through the established processes for board chairmanship appointment."

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