2017 Distinguished Service Award recipient

Timothy B Burnett

Tim Burnett began his decades of service to the University of North Carolina as a student in the early 1960s. A Morehead Scholar, Burnett was inducted into the Order of the Golden Fleece, and the Order of the Old Well, prestigious honor societies that recognize students of exemplary character, intellect, and accomplishment.

Upon his graduation from UNC in 1962, Burnett went on to earn his MBA from Harvard University. Burnett returned to North Carolina and built an incredibly successful real estate career. He currently serves as President of the Bessemer Improvement Company, based in Greensboro.

Throughout his illustrious career, Burnett has maintained a close connection to UNC, giving of his time, energy, and expertise serving in multiple leadership roles. He served eight years on the UNC Board of Trustees, including two years as Board Chair. He served two terms on the Board of Visitors, twice serving as Chair of that group. He has served on the steering committee for multiple University initiatives, including the Carolina First Campaign, Bicentennial Campaign, and as a member of the Morehead-Cain Central Selection Committee. He has also served with distinction on the UNC Health Care Board of Directors from 2008 to 2016, including a stint as Chair.

“A true Tar Heel, Tim is universally respected throughout the UNC community. His leadership has helped us to forge strong connections with the University and across the state, allowing us to fulfill our mission of caring for all the citizens of North Carolina,” said William L. Roper, MD, MPH, CEO of UNC Health Care and Dean of the UNC School of Medicine.

During this time, Burnett played a key role in the continued growth and success of UNC Health Care. “Tim’s time on the UNC Health Care board of directors coincided with a period of growth for UNC Health Care and dramatic change across the entire health care industry. Tim’s leadership and guidance have been keys to our success throughout this period and we are grateful to him for his service,” said Gary L. Park, President of UNC Hospitals.

Timothy Burnett has earned multiple honors from the University and now adds the UNC School of Medicine’s Distinguished Service Award to his lengthy list of accomplishments.