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Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette

2015, 2016 and 2017 Speaker
Colette Pierce Burnette

DR. COLETTE PIERCE BURNETTE joined Huston-Tillotson University as president on July 1, 2015. A strong proponent of historically black colleges and universities and civic and community engagement, Burnette serves on the Minority Engineering advisory board for The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering, is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, Valley Arts United, Puyallup Area Aging in Place Coalition, Texnikoi and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., to name only a few. She has served on countless boards and committees. Her many honors include the Ohio State University Outstanding Engineering Alumnus award, U.S. Army Distinguished Civilian Volunteer Service Medal award, Thurgood Marshall Foundation Chief Information Officer of the Year award, Thurgood Marshall Chief Fiscal Officer of the Year award, Dayton Business Journal Chief Fiscal Officer award and the National Diversity Council Glass Ceiling award. Burnette earned a B.S. in engineering from The Ohio State University and an M.S. in administration from Georgia College. She is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Management Development Program and earned her Ed.D. in higher education administration from University of Pennsylvania. @hustontillotson