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Dean of the School of Applied Sciences

University of Mississippi



Special Assistant To the Senior Vice President for System Academic Administration and Professor of Social Work

University of Minnesota at Twin Cities

Dean of the Graduate School

North Dakota State University

Director of the Graduate School

North Dakota State University


University of Minnesota Crookston

Criminal Justice Teacher

Washington State University



master's degree

criminal justice

University of Cincinnati

bachelor's Degree

criminal justice

University of Cincinnati





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.

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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 [...] [...]

Crookston Daily Times: News Column [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 [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.

Grand Forks Herald | 11/16/2003 | CROOKSTON: UMC gets new crop of degrees [cached]

University of Minnesota-Crookston, Chancellor Velmer Burton Jr.

University of Minnesota-Crookston, Chancellor Velmer Burton Jr.
CROOKSTON - New programs will sprout from the University of Minnesota-Crookston's agricultural roots under the guidance of new chancellor Velmer Burton Jr.
Burton, the third chancellor in UMC's 38-year history, plans to add degree programs to the agricultural and natural resources division that include emergency management, environmental conservation science and food safety.The latter two have a direct connection to agriculture and the former is related to natural resources, Burton says.
Emergency management, though a natural resources program, has a connection to agriculture because it has implications for farmers in flood-prone northwest Minnesota and northeast North Dakota, Burton said."How do you deal with floods?How do you get to the farmer four miles down the road?"
Meanwhile, the new food safety and environmental conservation science programs that UMC plans to offer are a reflection of the increasingly sophisticated agricultural world, Burton said.
"In the old days of agriculture, it was plants, animals and soils.Now, it's more complex," he said."It's how do we manage our resources?It's how do we protect our environment?How do we conserve it?"
Meanwhile, food safety, an important issue with U.S. consumers, has a direct tie to agriculture, Burton said.
"You have the opportunity for contamination from the time it leaves the field," he said.
Burton, formerly head of the graduate school at North Dakota State University in Fargo, said food safety and environmental conservation science were two of the 17 doctoral programs he implemented at that land-grant university during a three-year span.
UMC is the third land-grant university at which Burton has worked.He taught criminal justice at Washington State University in Pullman before heading to NDSU.
Originally from Middletown, Ohio, Burton grew up on a corn, soybean and hog farm, then graduated from the University of Cincinnati and the University of Pennsylvania.
Recruiting students to UMC is part of Burton's new job as UMC chancellor, but it's old hat to him.
"In all my previous positions, I've been heavily involved in recruitment," he said.
Though at the helm of UMC for only a few months, Burton already has teamed up with former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland of Roseau, Minn., to talk to high school students about what degree programs the university can offer them after they graduate.
UMC can offer students training in marketing, international marketing and applied science, Burton tells the students.
"It's all agriculture-related.It may not directly be on the farm," Burton said.
New programs
Besides offering new agricultural degree programs to area residents, UMC also hopes to add programs in academic disciplines such as psychology and criminal justice.
"In terms of being chancellor, I want to be known for building the institution, moving it to the next level.Our institution really is in a state of transformation," Burton said.
"We want to be a more comprehensive institution."
Now, UMC offers its students half of a pie because it doesn't have degree programs in disciplines such as English or history, Burton said.
"What we're now filling is the other half of the pie," he said.
Besides offering area students another choice for degrees in fields such as psychology, communications and criminal justice, adding new programs also will benefit them because it will make available more professionals who are trained in those disciplines, he says.
"You have to develop programs that help the same part of the state you're in," he said.
Meanwhile, the arrival of the University of Minnesota Extension Service personnel on the campus in January also will play a role in UMC's transformation, Burton says.Several new Extension Service employees will be relocated from cities across Minnesota to the Crookston campus as part of the Extension Service's reorganization plan announced this fall.
Burton looks forward to the job of helping the new Extension Service personnel integrate into the university community.
"I think it will grow our institution and add vibrancy to our community," Burton said.

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