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Dr. Madeleine Adler
Dr. Mickey L. Burnim Associate

President Emeritus, Bowie State University
12907 Vicar Woods Lane • Bowie, Maryland 20720 • (252) 267-3670 (Cell)


Specialties:  executive coaching (effectiveness enhancement, transitions), leadership team effectiveness (coaching, teambuilding, and retreat facilitation), executive evaluation, strategic planning

About Dr. Mickey L. Burnim
Dr. Burnim has led two different comprehensive universities, Elizabeth City State University and Bowie State University, in North Carolina and Maryland, respectively, for 21 years.  Prior to that he served as Provost and chief academic officer for nine years at North Carolina Central University and assistant vice president for academic affairs in the University of North Carolina system.  In all of those organizations, Dr. Burnim’s leadership has been marked by steady progress and a focus on building effective leadership teams, enhancing academic programs, assuring fiscal integrity, and modernizing facilities to provide state-of-the-art learning environments.  In recognition of his leadership skill and effectiveness, Dr. Burnim has been called upon to lead numerous professional organizations.

Service Highlights:

  • Chair, AASCU Board of Directors
  • Chair, Millennium Leadership Initiative Board of Directors
  • Chair, Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association Board of Directors
  • Member, NCAA Division II Presidents Council
  • Chair, Council of University System Presidents, University System of Maryland
  • Member, Board of Directors, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education
  • Executive Council, Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools


  • Corridor, Inc. Person of the Year (2011)
  • Community of Hope AME Distinction of Hope Award (February 2014)
  • Mentoring to Manhood’s Men Who Make the Difference Award (November 2013)


  • Ph. D., University of Wisconsin—Madison
  • M. A., University of North Texas
  • B. A., University of North Texas
  • Certificate in Executive and Leadership Coaching, iNTERNAL iMPACT, LLC