Tuesday, April 16, 2013

[424] Joint state Senate resolution honors outgoing MTSU business dean Burton

For release:  April 3, 2013

News and Media Relations contact: Jimmy Hart, 615-898-5131 or Jimmy.Hart@mtsu.edu

NASHVILLE — Dr. Jim Burton, outgoing dean of the Jennings A. Jones College of Business at MTSU, was presented Tuesday, April 2, with a framed copy of Senate Joint Resolution 139, which honors his tenure heading one of the largest business colleges in the nation.

The resolution was sponsored by state Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville, and state Rep. Joe Carr, R-Lascassas, and presented to Burton in the state Senate chambers of the State Capitol in Nashville.

Attending the presentation were Burton's wife, Nancy; granddaughter Reese Wrather; grandson Gavin Wrather; daughter, Robin Wrather; and son-in-law, Jason Wrather.

The resolution honors and commends Burton “for his contributions to Middle Tennessee State University, as dean of the Jennings A Jones College of Business,” as well as his contributions to the broader community through organizations such as the Boys Scouts of America and Leadership Middle Tennessee.

Burton, who has served as dean since August 1999, will step down from his position on June 30, though he will remain at the university in an emeritus role.

Dr. David J. Urban, executive associate dean at the School of Business at Virginia Commonwealth University, becomes the next dean on July 1.

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