George A. Burnett

President and Chief Executive Officer


Mr. Burnett joined Northcentral University as CEO in 2011. He is responsible for the overall strategic, financial and tactical leadership of the University, helping to define its role as a global leader in online, graduate focused higher education.

Prior to joining Northcentral, Burnett was CEO of Alta Colleges, Inc., responsible for both the Westwood College system and Redstone College. Before that, he served as Chairman of R. H. Donnelley, Inc., and was also President, CEO and Director of Dex Media, Inc./Qwest Dex during a leveraged buyout by The Carlyle Group and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe. Prior to that time, he was Chief Marketing Officer of Qwest Communications International, and also held several positions with AT&T, including Vice President of Marketing Services, Vice President of Card and Operator Services, and Vice President of Developing and Education markets. Mr. Burnett began his career with DArcy, Masius, Benton & Bowles in New York, managing key accounts from Procter & Gamble and Mars Incorporated.

He currently serves as a Director of Cott Corporation and Circle Graphics. Mr. Burnett earned his BA from Dartmouth College and returned to Dartmouths Amos Tuck School for his MBA.