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ASU System Operations VP Jennus
Burton accepts job at Northern Arizona
March 24, 2010
Burton, the vice president of Arkansas State University’s System
Operations since 2007, has accepted the position of vice president for
Finance and Administration at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.
Burton also served as the vice president for Finance and Administration
at ASU’s Jonesboro campus for 10 years prior to his time at the system
will begin his new position at NAU in June, pending approval by the
Arizona Board of Regents.
Burton has been an invaluable member of the executive team at the
Jonesboro campus, and most recently, the ASU System,” said Dr. Les
Wyatt, ASU system president. “He has been responsible for the fiscal
integrity of the institution in the varied responsibilities of finance,
administration and operation.
“Jennus has made many contributions to the campuses of Arkansas State
University, the city of Jonesboro and to higher education on a statewide
basis. We wish him and his family well as they return to their native
home in Arizona. We will miss him greatly and realize he will be
difficult to replace because of his abilities, experience and knowledge.
Jennus is one of the very good ones.”
While working with the ASU System Office, Burton was responsible for
planning and budgeting for the ASU system, which includes the Jonesboro
campus along with a branch campus in Paragould and three two-year
campuses in Beebe, Mountain Home and Newport with branch campuses in
Heber Springs, Searcy, the Little Rock Air Force Base, and Marked Tree.
In addition, Burton’s responsibilities included debt management, rating
agency relations, capital construction for the Jonesboro campus,
facilities planning, internal audit, property management, land sales and
acquisition, information technology services and employee benefits
“I have enjoyed tremendously all the opportunities and challenges
afforded me here at Arkansas State University, and I am proud of the
accomplishments we have been able to achieve these last thirteen years,”
said Burton. “I owe a debt of gratitude to a great number of people at
ASU and in our community. I thank Dr. Wyatt and the Board of Trustees
for their support and leadership as I have learned a lot and will take
these experiences as I transition to my new role at Northern Arizona
“Rosanne and I would never have considered leaving ASU and Jonesboro if
this opportunity was not available back in our home state of Arizona.
The strong gravitational pull of our grandson and family are the main
reasons for the change at this point in our lives. We will miss our
good friends here in Arkansas, but with technology as it is, we still
have a terrific opportunity to keep in close touch, and we will. We
have also been advised of how many folks will visit us so they can see
the Grand Canyon.”
Burton came to Arkansas State in 1997 after holding the position of
associate vice president for Administrative Services and campus
administrative services officer at Arizona State University’s main
campus in Tempe. While at Arizona State, he held several previous
positions including assistant vice president for Business Affairs,
director of Cash and Property Management, and manager of Management
Support Services for Physical Plant over his 22-year career there.
When the ASU Board of Trustees voted to separate the System Office from
ASU-Jonesboro, Burton was promoted and continued work with Dr. Wyatt on
all matters concerning system operations.
During his time on the Jonesboro campus, he oversaw a budget of
approximately $142 million with 1,200 full-time employees and 10,400
students. Under his tutelage, campus growth included new construction of
33 major projects totaling some $270 million.
Burton also served as the chairman for the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of
Commerce in 2004-05 and served on numerous chamber committees. He
currently continues his support of the chamber by serving on the
transportation and the environmental committees. He is a past member of
the chamber’s Municipal Planning Committee, the ASU Committee and the
Streets and Highways Committee. A former member of the Craighead County
Public Finance Committee, he also served on the City of Jonesboro Parks
and Recreation Committee and on the mayor’s Convention Center Finance
In 1999, he received the fourth annual Student Affairs Partnership Award
presented to an individual who has gone above and beyond the call of
duty to work collaboratively with the Office of Student Affairs.
A graduate of Arizona State, Burton received his Bachelor of Science
degree in accounting in 1974 and a Master of Business Administration in
Management in 1979. His wife, Rosanne, is an employee with the
admissions staff at Arkansas State.
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