LDS is a national model for serving
college students with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders. Its mission
is to help students achieve their academic potential and goals within the regular,
academically competitive curriculum.
Burnett is a longtime
friend of LDS. When his daughter Allison attended Carolina, Burnett discovered that LDS'
facilities were inadequate. He and his company installed carrels, lighting, soundproofing,
private rooms for tutoring and offices for tutors. Burnett also was instrumental in
generating funds for additional training and workshops for LDS.
The Burnett Seminars will bring to campus nationally recognized
learning-disability and attention deficit disorder experts to speak and work with
students, administrators, faculty and professionals from throughout the state.
Burnett won the 1994 William R. Davie Award for extraordinary
service to the University. He was a member of the Bicentennial Campaign steering committee
and chairman of the Arts and Sciences Foundation development committee during the
campaign. He has also chaired the Arts and Sciences Foundation board and the University's
Board of Visitors.
A Morehead scholar, Burnett earned his bachelor's degree in
mathematics in 1962. He is president of Bessemer Improvement Co., a Greensboro-based
company that develops real estate. He also serves as chairman of the Burkely Property
Group, which owns and manages multi-family properties.
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