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
"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."
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
"It became increasingly apparent that I might not be the best person to lead this campus," Burton
While at UMC
reduced the school's administrative staff from 22 program and center directors to five department heads.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 teamRobert 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."
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.