CONTACT: Tom Tozer, 615-898-5131
Jim Burton, 615-898-2764
MURFREESBORO—Dr. E. James Burton, dean of the Jennings A. Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University, has been elected to serve on the board of directors of Piedmont Natural Gas (NYSE: PNY).
Burton was appointed business dean in 1999 after serving as professor of accounting and associate dean for External Relations in the Jones College. He received his B.A. in economics from MacMurray College, an M.B.A. in management from Murray State University and a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Illinois. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner. Burton currently serves on the board of the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Leadership Middle Tennessee, the Area IX Workforce Investment Board, the Jennings and Rebecca Jones Foundation and the Southern Business Administration Association. Dr. Burton has also served on the MTSU Foundation. Piedmont Natural Gas owns Nashville Gas and has $2.6 billion in assets, with revenues last year of $1.8 billion. The energy services company distributes natural gas to 990,000 residential, commercial and industrial utility customers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.