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The Office of the Sr. Associate Provost Welcomes Donna Burnette

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Donna Burnette joins RIT as the director of the RIT K-12 University Center. Donna will continue the strategic K-12 coordination and planning work begun by Chan. McKenzie who retired in August.  She also oversees the K-12 Partnership Program Office and Kids on Campus. 

Donna has dedicated her professional career to work that encourages and supports youth from various backgrounds--including and especially those from underserved and historically underrepresented groups--to pursue education and careers in STEM. 

Educated at MIT and Virginia Tech, Donna most recently served as the program director for a $52 million STEM initiative at Virginia Tech that served more than 40,000 youth annually through a portfolio of competitions, internships, and hands-on programs offered throughout the country.

Prior to that she worked with middle school and high school youth from the Rochester City School District as the director of the Science & Technology Entry Program (STEP) at Monroe Community College and at Le Moyne College in Syracuse.   Donna’s office is located Bldg. 84 (the new trailer), office 1059.  She can be reached at, or by phone at 475-2566.