Meet Ron D. Burton — RI President (2013-14)

Ron D. Burton retired as President of the University of Oklahoma Foundation, Inc. in 2007. A Rotarian since 1979, Mr. Burton is a member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Norman, Oklahoma. He has served RI as a District Governor, Delegate to the 1992 and 1995 Councils on Legislation, International Assembly Group Discussion Leader, Zone Trainer, Rotary Information Counselor, member of several committees and task forces, and President’s Representative to numerous District Conferences. He served on the Board of Directors of Rotary International in 1998-2000 serving as Chair of the Executive Committee and the Administration Committee in 1999-2000. In 1998-1999 he served as Chair of the Audit Committee. In 2003 he served RI as Moderator of the International Assembly.

He served as Aide to the 2006-2007 President of Rotary International. Additionally, he has served The Rotary Foundation as a consultant to the Development Committee, a National Advisor for the Permanent Fund Initiative, a Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, a member of the Permanent Fund Leadership Team, the International PolioPlus Committee, the PolioPlus Speakers Bureau, Moderator of the Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator Training Program in 2003, and Trustee from 2006-2010. He served as Vice-Chair of the Foundation in 2008-2009. Mr. Burton was Chair of the 2011 Rotary International Convention. He has been a member of the Future Vision Committee of The Rotary Foundation since 2007 and currently serves as Vice-Chair. He will serve as President of Rotary International in 2013-2014.

An attorney, Mr. Burton is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, the Oklahoma Bar Association, and the Cleveland County Bar Association. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the ABA Section of Taxation Committee on Exempt Organizations, and the ABA Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Committee on Charitable Organizations.

Mr. Burton has been the recipient of the RI Service Above Self Award, The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service, The Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award, the International Service Award for a Polio-Free World, the Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award, and the Norman United Way/Junior League Civic Volunteer of the Year Award. He and his wife, Jetta, are Paul Harris Fellows, Benefactors, Major Donors, and members of the Paul Harris Society, the Bequest Society, and the Arch Klumph Society.