Larry Burns of Riverside has been appointed director of the Career Development Center at Cal State San Bernardino. He will oversee the operations of the center, which offers career counseling services to current students, connects alumni with off-campus employers seeking college graduates, and offers workshops on resume writing, interview skills and an array of services to employers.
Burns began his new duties on July 9. Included in the operations of the center is CoyoteCareers, a program funded by a Title V grant from the U.S. Department of Education, which helps Hispanic students and other low-income individuals pursue college degrees.
A native of Southern California, Burns grew up in the Chino area and attended Ontario Christian High School. With more than eight years experience in the field, Burns was most recently the career center director at DeVry University in Pomona. Previously, he also worked as a career center director for ITT Technical Institute in San Bernardino and Thomas Staffing, where he was a recruiter of new employers and directed community relations.
He says he’s looking forward to finding new ways to share the success stories of CSUSB alumni and to help local employers make new hires, which can be challenging in a tough job market.
Burns holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in humanities from Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles.
He is active with professional organizations in the Inland Empire, including the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, where he has held several leadership roles and serves on the board of directors. Burns is also on the advisory board of Alliance for Education, an organization that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math programs.
In addition, Burns is the current president and CEO for Inlandia Institute, a literary non-profit organization in Riverside that helps promote and publish local writers, hosts reading events and creative writing workshops.
He succeeds Carol Dixon, interim director of the center for nearly eight years. Dixon returned to her full-time position as director of Coussoulis Arena at CSUSB.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to work in my local community with both CSUSB students and employers,” said Burns. “Everybody wins — there’s no down side to this.”
Visit the CSUSB Career Development Center website, or call (909) 537-5250 for more information.
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