Christopher L. Burnley ʼ93 has been appointed the University of Lynchburg’s new vice president of business and finance and will assume his new post on Aug. 1.
“It is an honor to serve at my alma mater, an institution that has had a transformative impact on myself and my family. I look forward to working alongside the faculty and staff to continue the amazing progress that has been made since my time as an undergraduate at Lynchburg, and to ensure the same transformative experience for future generations of students,” he said.
Burnley is currently the interim vice president for administration and finance at Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois, and has previously worked in similar roles for other higher education institutions such as Ferrum College and neighboring Randolph College.
In those roles, he was responsible for all the colleges’ financial planning and reporting activities, developing their annual operating and capital budgets, and many of their administrative activities.
He has also held financial roles at Schewel Furniture and Framatome ANP in Lynchburg.
Burnley received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University and an MBA from Liberty University. He also maintains a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license in Virginia.
“I am so pleased to appoint Chris at this critical time in the life of the University,” said Lynchburg President Dr. Alison Morrison-Shetlar. “Chris brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the role. His experience in the areas of finance and technology is essential in this time of change.”
Burnley succeeds Steve Bright, who served as Lynchburg’s vice president of business and finance for 14 years. Bright was named chief financial officer for Bridgewater College this month.
During his time at Lynchburg, Bright oversaw fiscal operations, human resources, physical plant, auxiliary operations, and information technology for the University. He will assume his position at Bridgewater on Sept. 1.