DANVERS — North Shore Community College President Wayne Burton announced yesterday his plan to retire this summer after 13 years.
“I am deeply grateful to everyone at NSCC for a wonderful experience with an extraordinary group of dedicated people,” Burton said in an email to staff.
Many may know Burton, 68, as an academic and business leader on the North Shore, an advocate for community colleges and those with intellectual disabilities, and a believer in sustainability. His purpose as a community college president was to “level the playing field for all people consistent with their hopes and dreams,” he said.
Burton has overseen a major expansion of North Shore Community College, which has campuses in Danvers, Lynn and Beverly, not only in terms of buildings but of standards and enrollment.
“I will credit myself with putting a really fantastic team together,” Burton said in an interview.
Burton plans to work on the community college’s budget and initiatives such as the expansion of the Lynn campus and create a strategic plan for the college’s next president, before leaving his $212,600 post on July 31.
“In his 13 years as president of North Shore Community College, President Burton has positively impacted the lives of tens of thousands of NSCC students and made a tremendous contribution to the workforce development and economic vitality of the North Shore region,” said Richard Yagjian, chairman of the college’s board.
“He’s been a great college president,” said North Shore Chamber of Commerce President Robert Bradford. “I always look at Wayne Burton as a forward thinker, an agent of change, a community activist in the most positive sense.”
Burton oversaw a major expansion in Danvers, with the construction of two buildings, including one named for former longtime state Sen. Fred Berry of Peabody and the state’s first zero-net-energy building, a new health professions and student services building, which opened last year.