Title: Chairperson (Retired)
Company: Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University
Location: Tallahassee, Florida, United States
Ada Puryear Burnette, Ph.D., Retired Chairperson at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in higher education.
With more than six decades of professional experience, Dr. Burnette is a celebrated and accomplished educator and administrator who has dedicated her life to serving students of all ages. Exposed to leadership and intelligence from a young age due to the influence of her parents, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Talladega College in 1953, followed by a Master of Arts in reading from the University of Chicago in 1958. After obtaining some hands-on experience in the field, she received a Doctor of Philosophy from Florida State University in 1986 and completed further postgraduate coursework at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University and the University of Oxford.
Throughout her illustrious career, Dr. Burnette has fulfilled myriad roles as an educator, including as a high school mathematics teacher, a reading clinician, an assistant professor, an associate professor, a full professor, a statewide administrator of early childhood basic skills and elementary education, a superintendent, a director of the Ph.D. program, a provost, and a chairperson in the department of educational leadership and human services, among other prominent positions. Spending a bulk of her career at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, she retired from her role as chairperson in 2012, having subsequently worked as a mentor in mathematics and reading at Sealy Elementary School. Alongside her primary endeavors, she has regularly contributed articles to esteemed journals, written grant proposals, and hosted radio talk shows in Tallahassee, FL. Additionally, she has performed numerous presentations across the United States and abroad.
Dr. Burnette is perhaps most renowned for her service as the first African American administration for the state of Florida since the Reconstruction era and for teaching the first Ph.D. course from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University in Ghana, West Africa, in 1996. Among her myriad awards, she was most recently named a Trailblazer by the Oasis Center for Women & Girls in 2013 and Black Ph.D. Magazine in 2007. In addition, she was given a Speech Award from the National Hook-Up of Black Women, Inc., in 2010, an Achievement Award and Henning Award from Florida Certified Public Managers in 2005, and the Now Black Woman Award from The Drifters, Inc., in 1983. She has further been inducted into The Directory of Distinguished Americans, Strathmore Who’s Who, and the College of Education Gallery of Distinction at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University.
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