Biography

president mickey l. burnim

Dr. Mickey L. Burnim began his tenure as the ninth president of Bowie State University (BSU) on September 1, 2006. With 25 years of experience as a leader in higher education, Burnim has engaged the university community in a shared vision that is guiding the enhancement of institutional excellence and academic distinction with a focus on helping students succeed.


Under his leadership, Bowie State University has seen steady growth in enrollment and the addition of eight new degree programs. His focus on strengthening the fiscal foundation of the university has led to significant increases in grants and contracts, the launch of a multi-million dollar fundraising campaign and a revitalized BSU Foundation. He has built stronger relationships with alumni who are showing greater support and participation in giving to advance the university's commitment to student success.


An economist by training, Burnim holds a B.A. degree and an M.A. degree from the University of North Texas, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, all in economics. He has written papers and published several scholarly articles on labor economics and public finance.


Burnim recently completed his term as chairman of the board of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and serves on the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Board of Directors. In addition, he serves as an educational leadership consultant to various entities.
Prior to arriving at Bowie State University, Burnim served as the chancellor for 11 years at Elizabeth City State University (ECSU). He also previously served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at North Carolina Central University. Earlier in his career, he worked as assistant vice president for academic affairs in the General Administration of the University of North Carolina; and as a staff economist at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He began his career as a faculty member at Florida State University.


A native of Teague, Texas, the president and his wife, LaVera Levels Burnim, have two adult children, a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law, and five grandchildren.