Elizabeth Haela – 1851 Staff
Michael Burns is more than a professor and advisor at Lasell College, he’s a success story. Although this is his first year teaching, Dr. Burns has traveled internationally to cultivate his career and is currently one of Lasell’s youngest faculty members at age 30.
Burns claims that his hometown of Steubenville, Ohio, instilled his drive to succeed. “[Steubenville] is a very blue collar small town where people work hard to earn their money,” he said. “Growing up there gives you a good work ethic and respect for money.”
Burns also said it created his friendly personality and ability to connect with others. “I’m just as close with my neighbors as I am with my family. Community is a very important element of that culture I have taken with me.”
After receiving his undergraduate degree from Ohio University, Burns was presented with many opportunities in the communication field. Burns reported at the 2006 Winter Olympics and studied in one of the top masters programs in the country at Texas State.
When Burns talked of his time abroad he said, “It was one of the best experiences of my life. It gave me the confidence that I could go [anywhere] easily.”
Burns also covered the Olympic Games in London where he worked lo- gistics for “The Today Show.” Burns was the point man when “The Today Show” hosted Mitt Romney. “I was coordinating with Mr. Romney’s people to ensure everything ran smoothly,” Burns said.
During his career, he traveled with Michael Phelps and has spoke with President George W. Bush. Burns credited these accomplishments to his passion and willingness to take risks.
Despite a career full of glamour,
Burns claimed that his biggest accomplishment was receiving his PhD from North Dakota State University. “I enjoyed combining my interests in travel, media, culture, and human behavior,” Burns said, “It was something I never dreamed I would do.”
Burns believes he could not have reached such success without his support system in addition to his background. “Nobody truly does anything on their own,” he said, “During your life journey, there [are] people that have created opportunities for you and those people deserve to be a part of [your] successes.”
Burns’ drive and passion make him an asset to Lasell, as he already has a reputation for inspiring his students. He urges his students to take risks and get involved in order to reach success in addition to making the most out their education, “You are here to learn and become educated members of society,” Burns said, “No matter what, your education is something no one can ever take away from you.”
“College students need to explore and be active,” he said. “This is the time to experiment what your interests are and figure out who you really are.”