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Indiana University and the Indiana University Foundation has honored a Columbus man as one of its Partners in Philanthropy, paying tribute to exceptional volunteer leaders whose vital service and contributions shape the future of the university.

John M. Burnett was one of two individuals presented the Keystone Award for exemplary volunteer leadership through multiple IU fundraising campaigns.

According to the nomination, Burnett:

Led the way in transforming the Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus campus.

Helped with the fundraising efforts that were vital to the completion of the Columbus Learning Center, which houses, among many offices and classrooms, the IUPUC Center for Teaching and Learning.

Spearheaded a community effort that raised $2.5 million and assisted in establishing the IU Center for Art and Design in Columbus.

Is a member of the IUPUC Board of Advisors and chair of the Campus of the Future committee and has played a central role in multiple fundraising initiatives that helped make possible the construction of the Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence and the Computational Analysis Simulation and Engineering Lab, as well as a multifaceted enhancement of IUPUC’s Division of Nursing.

Has been instrumental in developing the campus’s master plan and will serve on the committee for its upcoming comprehensive campaign, slated to launch in 2013.

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