Dr. Mickey L. Burnim, the ninth president of Bowie State University, builds on more than 30 years of experience in higher education as he provides the vision and leadership that is propelling the university to higher levels of institutional excellence and academic distinction. President Burnim's tenure at Bowie State, which began in September 2006, has been marked by a steady focus on enhancing academic programs, assuring fiscal integrity, and modernizing facilities to provide state-of-the-art learning environments.
Under Dr. Burnim's leadership, Bowie State has added eight new degree programs, including a doctorate in computer science and a bachelor's degree in the emerging field of bioinformatics. The growing prominence of the university's science and technology programs has provided a foundation for national prominence and attracted increasing interest from corporate and government partners, significantly expanding research and outside-the-classroom opportunities for students and faculty.
Recognizing the important role that physical resources play in supporting student success, Dr. Burnim has directed significant attention to modernizing teaching and research spaces throughout the university. The landscape of the campus is being transformed with the addition of a $71 million Fine and Performing Arts Center in 2012, a new $42 million Student Center in 2013 and an $107 million Science, Mathematics and Nursing complex slated to open in 2017, all providing the latest in technological innovations to support learning and student engagement.
The solid fiscal foundation established during Dr. Burnim's tenure is a hallmark of his commitment to the core values of integrity and accountability. His efforts to engage alumni and the broader community in support of the university are highlighted by the university's first multi-million dollar comprehensive fundraising campaign that exceeded its $15 million goal within the five-year time frame. In addition, increasing support for research initiatives has yielded substantial growth in grant and contract funding. Through a partnership with the City of Bowie in 2012, the university became the first historically black institution in Maryland to house a business incubator, providing a platform for entrepreneurship on campus. An economist by training, Dr. Burnim holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of North Texas and a doctorate 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. He is frequently called to speak on leadership issues in higher education.
Prior to arriving at Bowie State University, Dr. Burnim served for 11 years as the Chancellor at Elizabeth City State University (ECSU). For his leadership as the 8th chief executive officer of ECSU, the university honored him with the naming of the Mickey L. Burnim Fine Arts Center. In addition, former University of North Carolina President C. D. Spangler acknowledged his leadership accomplishments by endowing a distinguished Chair of Mathematics, Science and Technology at ECSU in his honor. Dr. Burnim 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.
Burnim currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) after having completed a term as Chairman of the board. He also serves on the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Board of Directors having completed two terms as Chairman of that board. He has also served on the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Presidents' Council for Division II and the board of directors for the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO).
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.