Mickey L. Burnim, president of Bowie State University, the historically Black educational institution in Maryland, announced that he will step down at the end of the current academic year on June 30, 2017. When he retires, he will have led the university for nearly 11 years.
In making the announcement, President Burnim said “it has been a tremendous journey of service through my career of teaching and leading, but the time has come for me to transition to spending more time enjoying my family and serving the higher education and broader communities in more focused and limited ways.”
Dr. Burnim became the ninth president of Bowie State University in September 2006. Previously, he was chancellor at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina. Earlier in his career, he was assistant vice president for academic affairs in the general administration of the University of North Carolina System and was a staff economist at the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Dr. Burnim holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Texas and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.