J.D. Burton has been named vice chancellor for government relations at Washington University in St. Louis, according to Chancellor Andrew D. Martin. He will begin the role March 27.
Burton has served as the chief government relations officer for the University of Minnesota since 2016. He replaces Pam Lokken, who retired from the university in September after serving in the role for more than 30 years.
In his position, Burton will provide the vision and leadership to ensure that the university’s government affairs office is forward-thinking while grounded in deep expertise about university initiatives and priorities. He and his team will focus on effectively communicating with public officials at the local, state and federal levels of government to increase an understanding of those initiatives and their positive societal impact.
Burton was selected by a 10-member search committee led by Monica Allen, vice chancellor and general counsel. During the search, Rose Windmiller, associate vice chancellor for government relations and for St. Louis college readiness initiatives, served as interim vice chancellor for government and community relations.
“We’re fortunate to have found a capable, talented and experienced leader like J.D. Burton to fill this critical role for the university,” Martin said. “I’m confident that he will successfully navigate emerging issues, positively engage with public officials and help to strengthen and build on the university’s strong relationships at all levels of government.
“I’d like to thank members of the search committee for their diligence and hard work, and also express my deep appreciation to Rose Windmiller, who has served capably as interim vice chancellor while we’ve completed this search. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Rose and the entire government relations and community affairs team in the future.”
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