Gift will complete Racer athletics Hall of Champions
MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University announced a $250,000 gift to complete the Hall of Champions, which will highlight the university’s great collegiate athletics history. It is scheduled to open in the summer of 2015. The proposed facility, The Burton Family Hall of Champions, will highlight men’s and women’s sports, including football and basketball, and will showcase championship teams, All-American players and Hall of Fame members.
“This is a generous gift by one of our most distinguished alumni, Dr. Bob Burton. Dr. Burton was a nationally recognized collegiate football player and has distinguished himself in business. Currently, he serves as the chairman and chief executive officer of Cenveo Inc., a multi-billion dollar company and leader in the printing and publishing industries,” said Dr. Bob Davies, Murray State University president. “We are very grateful to Dr. Burton, his wife, Paula, and his family for this very generous gift.”
The new Hall of Champions will provide more than 2,300 square feet of display and interactive media space that will be adjacent to the CFSB Center and will highlight the many successes of Racer athletics.
“This gift will allow Racer athletics to fulfill a long-time dream of centralizing our recognition areas and displaying the long and distinguished history of our programs,” Allen Ward, director of athletics, said. “I am indeed grateful to Dr. Burton and the Burton family for their generosity and support.”
Burton added, “My family and I are very proud to support my alma mater. Without a Murray State football scholarship, I would not have been able to attend college. Murray State University was very good to me and gave me a platform to be successful in football and provided the discipline and necessary skills to be successful in business. We are very pleased to be able to assist the university with this gift.”
Burton is the recipient of two honorary doctorates in business from the University of Connecticut and Murray State University, where he was captain of the 1962 football team, and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers. Burton is a 1962 graduate of Murray State University and holds a master of arts degree and has completed additional post-graduate work at other universities. He has been recognized by Murray State University as a Distinguished Alumnus, recipient of the Golden Horseshoe award and member of the Racer Athletics Hall of Fame.
From December 2000 through December 2002, Burton was the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Moore Corporation Limited, a leading printing company with over $2 billion in revenue for fiscal year 2002. From April 1991 through October 1999, he was the chairman, president and chief executive officer of World Color Press Inc., a $3 billion diversified printing company. From 1981 through 1991, he held a series of senior executive positions at Capital Cities/ABC, including president of ABC Publishing.
Burton was also employed for 10 years as a senior executive of SRA, the publishing division of IBM. He is the largest shareholder of Cenveo Inc., in Stamford, Conn. Cenveo Inc. is an international leader in the printing and publishing industries and has more than 100 facilities located throughout the world.
“We are very grateful for Bob’s generosity to Murray State University. He is a major supporter of the university and has a deep appreciation for the value of collegiate athletics to a university and the many skills that it teaches student-athletes in order to be successful in life and business. This gift will allow Murray State University to meet a long-time goal of highlighting our 90 years of success in athletics,” Dr. Bob Jackson, president of the MSU Foundation, said.