The University of Toledo will thank Lawrence J. Burns for his 25 years of service to the institution at a farewell reception Friday, April 10.Burns, UT vice president for external affairs, has been named vice president for advancement at the University of Akron.
The reception celebrating his service to the University will be from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Driscoll Alumni Center Schmakel Room.
“Larry has been an enthusiastic ambassador for The University of Toledo working to promote the UT brand and build our Rocket Nation,” Interim President Nagi Naganathan said. “We are grateful to Larry for his leadership and great service to the University and the northwest Ohio community.”
As vice president for external affairs, Burns leads UT’s marketing and communications initiatives, as well as equity, diversity and community engagement activities.
Burns is the host of UT’s “The Relevant University” radio programs on WJR 760 and 1370 WSPD, and a part-time faculty member in the Department of Communication in the College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences.
He joined the Medical College of Ohio in 1990 and led the college’s institutional advancement program prior to the 2006 merger with UT.
A native of Detroit, Burns’ career also has included serving as director of capital campaigns for Children’s Hospital of Michigan, director of public affairs for Smith, Hinchman & Grylls Associates, and assistant campaign director for the United Way in Detroit. He has a bachelor’s degree in interpersonal and public communication from Central Michigan University.