Posted 11/28/2011 12:00 am
Updated 11 months ago
Lance Burchett is the new vice chancellor for development and alumni affairs at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.
Background: Burchett earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Arkansas in 1983 and a master's in 1984. While at the UA, he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society and the Golden Key National Honor Society. He also was a walk-on quarterback for the Arkansas Razorbacks under then-coach Lou Holtz.
Experience: Burchett previously was vice president for advancement at Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota, Fla., where he'd worked since 2004. While Burchett led development at the college, it saw a nine-fold increase in its fundraising. Before joining Ringling College, he had served as vice president for advancement at Northwest Missouri State University, executive director of the alumni association at San Diego State University, and associate executive director of the alumni association at the UA.
Honors: Burchett has been a member of the Council for the Advancement & Support of Education for more than 20 years. His advancement teams were two-time recipients of the organization's Circle of Excellence Grand Gold Awards. In addition, Burchett has served president of Rotary Clubs in three different states. He has received Rotary International's Presidential Citation Award and been selected as a Paul Harris Fellow.
New Job: Burchett will lead the UAMS Office of Development & Alumni Affairs. Burchett will also be the primary liaison to the 35-member UAMS Foundation Fund Board, which helps set development priorities and aids in fundraising campaigns, and to the University of Arkansas Foundation Inc., UA's nonprofit fundraising arm. "Lance has longstanding ties to Arkansas - growing up here, attending college and marrying an Arkansas native - so his love for the state combined with a track record of success will help us in securing the resources we need to support our academic, research and patient care programs," Dr. Dan Rahn, UAMS chancellor, said in a news release.