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After more than thirty years guiding Old Dominion University's student body, Dana Burnett will step down as vice president for student affairs and become professor and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling in Old Dominion University's Darden College of Education.

Burnett will assume his new role Aug. 10. Dean of Students Geneva M. Walker-Johnson will serve as interim vice president.

"Dr. Dana Burnett is an acknowledged expert in the area of student affairs, known and admired by his peers across the nation," said President Roseann Runte. "At Old Dominion, he has been an essential part of student life, promoting school spirit, a sense of community, dedication and responsibility to others. He has been the mentor, the friend, the leader whom generations of students have trusted, admired and loved. We are most fortunate that he will continue to make an impressive contribution to Old Dominion and to education in his new role as department chair and professor."

Burnett, who joined Old Dominion in 1972 as director of financial aid and placement, has been responsible for the guidance and leadership of Old Dominion's student body since he was named dean of student affairs in 1974. As the university grew -- and hairstyles, clothing and culture changed -- Burnett remained a constant. In 1984, he was named vice president for student affairs.

As vice president, Burnett has been responsible for student activities and leadership, residence life, health services, multicultural student services, orientation, student judicial affairs, academic advising, counseling services and disability services, among other areas.

An expert in student affairs, Burnett is a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation team, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, American College Personnel Association and the Virginia Association of Student Personnel Administrators. He has given more than 60 professional presentations and authored numerous journal publications.

During his tenure, he has taught several courses, including leadership in higher education, ethics and law in the urban university and student personnel administration.

"I am delighted that an administrator of Dr. Burnett's stature has decided to lead the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling," noted William Graves, dean of the Darden College of Education. "Our students and faculty will benefit from his experience as one of Old Dominion University's strongest voices for excellence in academics and student services. Moreover, his vast experience in higher education administration will be an asset to one of the university's fastest growing graduate programs, higher education administration."

Burnett received a bachelor's degree from Allegheny College and a master's and Ph.D. in education from Indiana University.

This article was posted on: June 28, 2006

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