Kay M. Burniston has been appointed executive director of the Daytona State College Foundation, overseeing all Foundation initiatives, including fundraising and scholarships.
Burniston is no stranger to Daytona State. From 1988 to 1990, she served as assistant vice president for development, managing federal, state, corporate and private foundation grant programs, annual and deferred giving, alumni affairs and what was then the Daytona Beach Community College Foundation. In 1990, she was named vice president for planning, research and development, extending her areas of responsibility to include development of the college’s five-year strategic plan, information services, public relations and marketing.
During a particular four-year period when Burniston was overseeing the college Foundation, assets increased from $3,531,301 to $9,474,747.
From 1998 to 2001, Burniston was dean of institutional advancement and assistant to the president for planning and research at Mercer County Community College, West Windsor, NJ.
She returned to Florida in 2002, joining St. Petersburg College first as associate vice president for baccalaureate programs and later as vice president for baccalaureate programs, academic effectiveness and university partnerships until returning to Daytona State this month to lead the Foundation.
Burniston holds a master of public administration degree from the University of Central Florida and a B.A. in sociology/psychology from Western Michigan University. She also has had extensive leadership training at Harvard University’s Institute of Educational Management.