FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/07/96
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Los Angeles, California -- October 7, 1996 -- California State University, Los Angeles recently appointed Lynn Elen Burton as dean of Continuing Education, effective October 14, 1996. Burton comes to Cal State L.A. from Ottawa, Canada, where, since 1992, she has been the executive coordinator for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).
During the DFO merger with the Canadian Coast Guard, she created a research team to determine training and development needs of the 12,000-employee Federal Government department, among her various duties. Recruited to this post at the start of the Atlantic Fisheries environmental crisis -- the largest layoff in Canadian history -- Burton directed DFO efforts with the fishing industry and the provinces, on training and community adjustment. These efforts resulted in the establishment of three national human resource councils and the development of several continuing education programs for fishermen, a key element in long-term industry adjustment.
From 1989 to 1992, Burton served as director of Environmental Education, Training and Youth Programs for Canada's Department of the Environment, and was senior advisor for the Canadian National Advisory Board on Science and Technology, chaired by the Prime Minister, from 1986 to 1989. Under her directorship, Skill Development for Employment and Immigration Canada produced Learning a Living in Canada and Learning For Life-- watershed documents that influenced Canadian labor market training policy and programs.
Burton has taught and been an administrator for various boards of education in Canada, and was a part-time faculty member in graduate education at the University of Ottawa. From 1978 to 1981, she was coordinator of Continuing Education at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. She received a bachelor of arts degree at Towson State University, Baltimore, an M.S. at The Johns Hopkins University, and a M.A. and Ed.D. from Columbia University Teachers' College, New York. She is a founding member of McGill Atlantis Program for Quality University Teaching, and served two three-year terms on the Board of Directors, Canadian Association for Adult Education.