Colette Pierce Burnette

COLETTE PIERCE BURNETTE, Ed.D is the president and chief executive office of Huston-Tillotson University, Austin’s oldest institution of higher learning and the only historically black college and university. This year alone, she has been named an Austin Fab Five by the Seedling Foundation and a Top 25 Woman in the nation in Higher Education by a leading higher education magazine, DIVERSE. Burnette has been honored with countless awards, including the United States Army Distinguished Civilian Volunteer Service Medal award, Thurgood Marshall Foundation Chief Information Officer of the Year award, Outstanding Student Advocate award, inductee into the Austin Women’s Hall of Fame, Dayton Business Journal Chief Fiscal Officer of the Year award, and the National Diversity Council Glass Ceiling award. A few of her current local board memberships include the Mayor of Austin’s taskforce on Institutional Racism and Systemic Inequities, Girl Scouts of Central Texas, and Greater Austin Black and Austin Area Chamber of Commerces.  Nationally, she serves on The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering advisory committee and the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church board. Burnette is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Austin (TX) Chapter of The Links, Inc., the National Society of Black Engineers, and Texnikoi Engineering Honorary.  @hustontillotson

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