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Dr. Velmer S. Burton Jr.

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Special Assistant To the Senior V...

University of Minnesota at Twin Cities

Employment History


  • master's degree , criminal justice
    University of Cincinnati
  • bachelor's Degree , criminal justice
    University of Cincinnati
  • Ph.D. , sociology
  • doctorate , higher education management
    University of Pennsylvania
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UM welcomes Burton
by MBJ Staff
Published: July 15,2012
Tags: University of Minnesota, University of Mississippi, Velmer Burton
Velmer S. Burton Jr., a noted expert and author on criminology, has been named the new dean of the University of Mississippi's School of Applied Sciences. Burton is special assistant to the senior vice president for system academic administration and professor of social work at the University of Minnesota at Twin Cities. He officially joins the UM faculty Aug. 1, pending approval from the Board of Trustees of Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning.
Besides serving as dean, Burton will hold a joint appointment in the departments of Social Work and Legal Studies.
Before joining the University of Minnesota at Twin Cities, Burton was chancellor of the University of Minnesota at Crookston campus and a tenured professor in the Department of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. He also was dean of the graduate school at North Dakota State University, associate provost for research and graduate studies and dean of the graduate school at Southeast Missouri State University and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at Ferris State University.
Burton is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in criminal justice in 1985 and 1986, respectively. He also earned a Ph.D. in sociology from UC in 1991, and in 2003 earned a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2004, Burton earned a certificate of completion for new presidents from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education.
He is co-author of the book "Contemporary Criminology Theory" and has also written many research and scholarly articles for various publications, including the journals Criminology, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Journal of Criminal Justice and Women in Higher Education. His primary research involves testing theories of crime with adults, social work with offenders and criminal justice agency program evaluation.
Crookston Daily Times: News Column, 1 Sept 2004 [cached]
His unique understanding of our service region and his wealth of knowledge will be a real benefit to our campus," said Dr. Velmer Burton, UMC's chancellor, "We are looking forward to having him at UMC."
Grand Forks Herald | 10/22/2004 | HIGHER EDUCATION: UMC chancellor resigns abruptly, 22 Oct 2004 [cached]
Chancellor Velmer Burton Jr. told a crowd of about 200 people in the school's Kiehle Hall auditorium that, in his short tenure, he's already accomplished most of the major goals he had for UMC, but that, in doing so, he's sacrificed valuable time with his two sons.
A mass e-mail was sent out before Burton's official announcement, informing the campus of the chancellor's resignation, effective immediately.His resignation comes nearly one year to the day after his official inauguration as chancellor.
Demands of the job have been exhausting, he said.
"I came here with a specific intent ... and I've done all of those things; I've done everything I could," Burton told the Herald."I was tired, so I decided to hand in my resignation."
Tough changes
Burton also alluded to some of the backlash he's experienced while trying to institute sweeping organizational changes within the school to bring more accountability and make it more consistent with the rest of the University of Minnesota system.
"It became increasingly apparent that I might not be the best person to lead this campus," Burton said.
While at UMC, Burton reduced the school's administrative staff from 22 program and center directors to five department heads.He said he was able to ensure the financial stability of the campus and secure funding for new programs that should help increase enroll-
ment. UMC has about 1,400 students.
Burton added that he was able to find money to build new student housing for the campus and to build a new student life center to replace Bede Hall, which recently was razed.
Burton was questioned about the timing of his resignation, in the middle of a term, and whether it had anything to do with discord between campus staff and faculty.
"Absolutely not," he said."The decisions that were made I believe were in the best interest of the university.Relations with staff or people had nothing to do with my resignation at all."
Transition team
Robert Jones, UM vice president for system administration, said a transitional leadership team will replace Burton "for the next several weeks."
Jones said that system officials and Burton had been discussing his resignation for weeks before the announcement, and that it was a "mutual decision."
Burton will move on to become a tenured professor of criminal justice on either the system's Twin Cities or Duluth campus.He formerly was the director of the graduate school at North Dakota State University in Fargo.
Burton was hired as UMC's third chancellor in July 2003, replacing Don Sargent, who served as campus CEO for about 20 years.
Crookston Daily Times: News Column, 20 Aug 2004 [cached]
With the addition of new programs this fall; such as communications, health science, and computer software, we will continue our pursuit to offer students the best in educational experience and opportunity," said UMC Chancellor Velmer S. Burton, Jr.
Crookston Daily Times: News Column, 10 July 2004 [cached]
"We welcome these students to campus and we are delighted to be part of their RYLA experience," said Dr. Velmer S. Burton Jr., Chancellor of UMC.
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