Western Piedmont Community College president to retire

jmarusak@charlotteobserver.comNovember 7, 2013 

Western Piedmont Community College President Jim Burnett will retire effective July 31 after 40 years at the Morganton school.

WESTERN PIEDMONT COMMUNITY COLLEGE — Western Piedmont Community College

Western Piedmont Community College President Jim Burnett will retire effective July 31, WPCC trustee Chairman Ronald Martin announced Thursday morning.

“Dr. Burnett has made an indelible mark on Western Piedmont Community College,” Martin said in a news release. “He has always appreciated the history, culture and beauty of the institution and given generously of his time and energy to assure that the momentum of the college is constantly moving forward. He will be greatly missed.”

Burnett became the fifth president of the college in Morganton in January 2006, after six years as the college’s vice president for academic affairs.

He joined the college’s staff in 1973 as coordinator of veterans affairs after serving in the Army during the Vietnam War. He graduated from the college in 1974 with an associate degree in business administration.

Burnett also has served as dean of student services, registrar and adjunct business instructor.

A search for a new president will begin in January and will be coordinated through the trustees of the college.

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