Special to the Daily News
HARROGATE, Tenn. — Regina Sawyers Burns, of Harrogate, Tenn., was inducted into the Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Professional Hall of Fame on Saturday during the University’s annual homecoming celebration.
Burns has dedicated a lifetime of service to LMU, where she currently serves as the webmaster and director of publications. She has launched some of the most meaningful publications produced at LMU during her tenure including “The Alumnus” magazine, the “Blue and Gray” newsletter and the annual “President’s Report.”
Burns also ushered in the age of the Internet for the University, serving as LMU’s first webmaster. She continues to oversee the LMU website, designing and managing content. Burns also oversees the department that coordinates LMU’s total presence online, supervising the director of social media and the web developer.
She is also an active participant within the campus community. Burns has captained the LMU Relay for Life team for several years and coordinates an army of volunteers each time the university hosts the internationally-known Remote Area Medical health expedition. She has been an integral part of the growth and success of the LMU Athletes Hall of Fame Committee. Burns was honored by LMU in 2008 as the Volunteer of the Year.
Though her creativity has played a major role in her success, it’s her passion for representing LMU in its best possible light that makes her work the best it can be. She graduated from LMU on a Saturday in 1981 and went to work for her alma mater the following Monday. Throughout her career she has held various positions before settling in the division of University Advancement. She earned a master’s of education in 1994.
“If you have read the book entitled ‘Diamonds in Your Backyard,’ Regina is that diamond who has remained faithful to LMU during want and plenty and always with the right attitude.” said LMU Vice President for University Advancement Cindy Whitt. “Attitude is everything. Not only does she volunteer in the community, but she has that same attitude in her everyday work.”
A native of Clintwood, Va., Burns and her husband, Dan, have three children, Josh, Victoria and Gavin, and one grandson, Connor. She is a member of Pump Springs Baptist Church where she teaches Sunday school for pre-school children.
Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee.
For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.