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VP for Finance Bill Burns announces retirement

Will step down on Dec. 31 after 31 years at women's colleges

7/21/2003 11:47:35 AM


LYNCHBURG, Va. — Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer of the College Bill Burns has announced his intention to retire on December 31, 2003. Bill's career at women's colleges extends over 31 years and includes service to Wells College, Rosemont College, Wheaton College (when it was all-female), and Randolph-Macon Woman's College.

In recent years, Mr. Burns has overseen the transformation of the College's technology capabilities and the planning and execution of campus renovations that include more than 20 classrooms, Smith Hall Theatre, the Pines Cottage, Leggett, the Smith Walkway/Plaza, the Harriet Fitzgerald Room, a number of student social spaces and, currently, Presser Recital Hall. He also played a leadership role in successfully moving the Macon Bookshop to its new location on Rivermont Avenue. In addition, he has capably and sensitively managed the College budgeting process while simultaneously serving as Treasurer of the institution and staff liaison to the Board's Finance, Investment and Buildings & Grounds Committees. In the past few months, Burns led the way in the College's highly successful bond refinancing.

"I could not have asked for a better colleague over a nine year period filled with institutional challenges and unanticipated external conditions," said President Kathleen Bowman. "Bill has always done whatever he could to help us seize opportunities and make the College a better place."

Founded in 1891, Randolph-Macon Woman's College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college of 780 women with a distinguished history of establishing global connections through international education. The College is a member of the International 50, a group of national liberal arts colleges recognized for their internationally oriented programs and has been recognized by U. S. News & World Report as one of the top 20 national liberal arts colleges for our percentage of international students.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations