Mr. Burnett joined Northcentral University as CEO in 2011. He is responsible for the overall strategic, financial and tactical leadership of the University, helping to define its role as a global leader in online, graduate focused higher education.
Prior to joining Northcentral, Burnett was President (CEO) of Alta Colleges, Inc. Before that, he served as Chairman of R. H. Donnelley, Inc., and was also President, CEO and Director of Dex Media, Inc. Prior to that time, he was Chief Marketing Officer of Qwest Communications International, and also held several positions with AT&T, including Vice President of Marketing Services, Vice President of Card and Operator Services, and Vice President of Developing and Education markets. Mr. Burnett began his career with D’Arcy, Masius, Benton & Bowles in New York, managing key accounts from Procter & Gamble and Mars Incorporated.
He currently serves as a Director of Penn Foster and Purchasing Power. Mr. Burnett earned his BA from Dartmouth College and returned to Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School for his MBA.