Chris Burnett is a highly experienced professional who has over 22 years of experience in collegiate outdoor recreation and student affairs. For the past thirteen years, he has also served as a Director of Collegiate Outdoor Recreation Programs at various universities such as The University of Texas at Austin. With an expertise in outdoor recreation and student affairs, Chris Burnett has successfully mentored students and graduates across gender, race, and socioeconomic status, and has innovated developing collaborations among academic and student affairs units to create high impact service learning experiences directed at systemic social and environmental issues.
Chris Burnett has studied Masters of Science in Recreation and Leisure Studies at California State University-Sacramento and pursued Ph.D. (c) in Higher Education Leadership and Policy at The University of Texas at Austin. He is an accomplished whitewater river runner, outdoor adventure leadership instructor, and a designer of extraordinary and high functioning teams. In addition to his vast experience, he also has two years of teaching experience as adjunct faculty in Steve Hicks School of Social Work.
Chris Burnett is an expert in current trends and best practices in the outdoor recreation industry and higher education administration related to business and finance, regulatory code, diversity, and inclusion. He has worked for various organizations such as The University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, UC Davis, and Texas A&M University, where he has held various positions such as Graduate Research Assistant, Assistant Director - Division of Recreational Sports, and Operations Manager - Outdoor Adventures.