Dr. Sylvia Burgess has been named Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs responsible for Adult and Continuing Education at Cameron University. Burgess, who joined the CU faculty and staff in 1995, will oversee the Office of Continuing Education and the Office of Allied Health and Interdisciplinary Studies, ensuring that CU continues to provide quality services to meet the academic and regional community needs of the university's constituents.
"Since joining the Cameron staff and faculty, Dr. Burgess has consistently demonstrated the type of leadership ability that has elevated the quality of education we provide to our students," says Dr. John McArthur, Vice President for Academic Affairs. "She has a keen understanding of the regional needs for educational outreach and continuing education opportunities. Her connections with area employers will be a tremendous asset in her new role."
"I am very excited about working with the Continuing Education and Allied Health programs," says Burgess. "Through these programs, Cameron can offer many new training opportunities that will benefit area employers, as well as provide economic advancement tools to current employees and job seekers."
Burgess will take an active role in assessing regional needs. "I look forward to meeting with leadership teams in organizations across the region to determine priority needs for workforce training and to assist in developing tailor-made workshops and certificate programs that will enhance their opportunities for success," she explains.
Burgess' community involvement in southwest Oklahoma is extensive. She currently sits on the board of directors of the Oklahoma Academy of State Goals and is a founding director and board member of the Southwest Oklahoma Medical Education Foundation. She was elected Chairman of the board of directors for the Lawton Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2007-2008 and continues to serve on the executive committees and boards of directors for the Chamber and the Lawton Industrial Foundation. Burgess is a member of the Downtown Lawton Redevelopment Phase 1A Task Force, the Lawton Airport Authority Master Plan Task Force, the BRAC Education Subcommittee, and the BancFirst Community Business Development Board.
Active in United Way of Lawton-Ft. Sill, she has served on the board of directors for Marie Detty Youth and Family Services, the Salvation Army, Family Information Network on Disabilities, and the Museum of the Great Plains. Burgess is a founding director of Teen Court of Lawton-Fort Sill and has served on the Oklahoma Employee Benefits Council, the Oklahoma Basic Health Benefits Board and the Comanche County Law Library Board. She is also past president of the Junior League of Lawton-Fort Sill.
Burgess earned a bachelor's degree from Cameron, a juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma's School of Law and an LL.M. in taxation from Southern Methodist University. Prior to joining the CU faculty and staff, she was a partner at Burgess & Burgess, Inc., Attorneys at Law.
January 23, 2009