Athletic Director Retires After 31 Years of Service

Siloam Springs, Ark. (May 1, 2006) — For the past 31 years, John Brown University’s Athletics Director, Dr. Robert “Bob” Burns, has bled blue and gold. In May, Burns will retire. Burns has served as a JBU professor of education and physical education, the division chair of health and physical education and as the athletic director for 25 of his 31 years. He helped JBU make great strides in gender equity throughout its intercollegiate athletic programs. He also initiated efforts to increase budgeted financial aid and fundraising dollars for athletic programs at JBU Under Burns’ leadership, coaches have led teams to one NAIA national championship and two NCCAA national championships. He has seen teams in seven different sports make numerous trips to national tournaments, and has seen those teams win conference and regional championships. Burns has served as the NAIA Region VI chairman for six years and will continue to serve on the original task force that developed the NAIA Champions of Character program. “He has been a great supporter of all the coaches, and his loyalty to the athletic teams has been an example to everyone throughout his time at JBU,” Dr. Steve Beers, vice president of student development said. Ms. Robyn Gordon, JBU’s women’s volleyball coach and assistant athletic director, will assume Burns’ position. John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked sixth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 1,900 students from 43 states and 40 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.