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Dr. Tod A. Burnett joins Brandman University’s executive leadership team

May 24, 2017 by Brandman University
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IRVINE, Calif. (May 24, 2017) — Brandman University, a private nonprofit institution, announces the addition of Dr. Tod A. Burnett as executive vice chancellor of Advancement and Special Projects. Burnett brings more than 30 years of successful higher education, business, government, and non-profit experience to the executive leadership team, and is a leader in creating pathways for community college students to continue their education.

Burnett spent the last nine years as president of Saddleback College, one of the nation’s preeminent community colleges with more than 40,000 students annually. He successfully led numerous initiatives enhancing instruction and academics, student support services, campus operations, college advancement, and community partnerships.  Burnett leaves Saddleback with a strong legacy of unprecedented achievements, including substantial gains in transfers, degree and certificate completions, career pathways, disadvantaged and underserved student support, financial aid and scholarships, veterans services, K-12 and business partnerships, economic and workforce development, infrastructure, and external resource development.

“Dr. Burnett brings a wealth of resource development experience and success that will prove to be a valuable asset,” said Chancellor Gary Brahm.  “His impressive leadership in forging partnerships, growing the Saddleback College Foundation and raising significant funds for students and instructional programs will build our university advancement program.”

“Brandman University’s innovative and top rated educational programs, coupled with their exceptional support for students, align with my passion for student success, especially for disadvantaged, underrepresented and nontraditional students,” said Burnett.  “I am thrilled to join Chancellor Brahm’s executive team and assist the university with continuing their strong record of success.”

Previously, Burnett served as a vice chancellor for the California Community Colleges system, the nation’s largest higher education system with 113 colleges and over 2.3 million students, where he helped facilitate a $25 million endowment gift and $25 million matching gift from the Bernard Osher Foundation to support student scholarships at every community college in the state, which was the largest single contribution ever made to a community college system in the U.S.

Burnett holds a Doctorate of Education in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University, Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California, Bachelor of Arts in political science from University of California, Riverside, and Senior Executives in State and Local Government Certificate from Harvard University.  Dr. Burnett is a first generation American and first generation college graduate.

About Brandman University 

Brandman University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). As part of the Chapman University System, Brandman blends a legacy of academic excellence with innovative curriculum and strong support services designed for students with busy schedules. The university offers 50+ undergraduate, graduate, credential and certificate programs across its schools of arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and health. Brandman serves 12,000 students annually with programs available online and at more than 25 campuses throughout California and Washington. The university’s online programs consistently rank among the top in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. For additional information, go to

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