Dean Jim Burton, flanked by his family and Sens. Jim Tracy and Bill Ketron, accepts a joint resolution recognizing his service to the MTSU community during an April 1, 2013, presentation at Legislative Plaza in Nashville. (TMP Photo/M. Kemph)
The Tennessee General Assembly recognized Dean Jim Burton, who is retiring from his post as head of the Jennings A. Jones College of Business, for his work Monday with a joint resolution.
“It is a great pleasure being able to honor Dr. Burton for his work as dean,” said state Sen. Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville), who sponsored the resolution. “He started in that position in August 1999, and he has done an amazing job. He has been a great asset for MTSU and remains active in the Murfreesboro community through several organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America.”
State Sen. Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) also commended Burton for his leadership, noting the longtime Rutherford County resident helped lead the way in the college receiving its namesake, Jennings A. Jones.
Jones, who died in 2009, served as mayor of Murfreesboro during the 1950s.
“I am sure he is smiling down on Dr. Burton as dean,” Ketron said, referring to Jones.
After the presentation in the Tennessee Senate, Burton said he has enjoyed being a part of the MTSU community since joining as a professor of accounting more than two decades ago.
“It has been a great pleasure to work at MTSU for the past 23 years, and I look forward to what the future holds for me as dean emeritus,” Burton said. “None of this would have been possible without the support of my family and close friends. I am humbled by this recognition and greatly appreciate it.”