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Elizabeth Hall Burns (master's '78, PhD '81)

Couple's endowment to provide funding for undergraduates

Drs. Elizabeth Hall Burns and John M. Burns have been lifelong educators. The two are passionate about education, and now they are leaving a legacy at Texas Woman's.

The couple has established a generous planned gift to fund the Elizabeth H. Burns and John M. Burns Scholarship Endowment to provide funding to full-time undergraduate students. Both have served as faculty members and administrators at Texas Tech University. John Burns served the Texas Tech community from 1969 to 2011. During his tenure, he was chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, vice provost of academic affairs and dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Elizabeth Burns served in the roles of assistant provost for academic affairs (1998-2002), vice provost (2002-2013) and associate professor and chair of the Department of Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences (formerly Health, Physical Education and Recreation).

Elizabeth Burns received her master’s degree in 1978 and her PhD in physical education in 1981, both from TWU. After receiving her PhD, she joined the faculty at Texas Tech with research interests and courses focused on gender issues in sports and exercise sport sociology.  She was recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Award by the TWU Alumni Association in 2006. In 2010, she received the Outstanding Woman Leader in Science Award from the West Texas Association for Women in Science for her efforts in supporting the recruitment of women faculty in the sciences.

Elizabeth and John Burns’s impact on education is immeasurable. Texas Woman’s is proud and grateful for their support to provide funding for the next generation of leaders.