Jimmy Burton, Executive Director of Burton Center, has retired after sixteen years. Burton joined Burton Center in 2003 as the Business Operations Director and promoted to Executive Director in 2009.
"I have been working for over 50 years but I have to say that the last sixteen years has been the best,” stated Burton. “I am grateful for the support we have received over the years in providing services for people with special needs in Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Lexington, McCormick and Saluda counties.”
Burton, a graduate of Lander University, worked for Kemet Electronics for 23 years where he served as Business Services Manager and in other management positions. Although his career in industry spanned 30 plus years, he was very involved in this work. He has volunteered, advocated and helped raise funding for Burton Center for over 50 years. His years of experience in industry provided the knowledge to develop many work opportunities for people in a six county area of South Carolina.
He has served as a member of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce serving on the Chamber’s Advocacy Committee, and a member of the Greenwood Rotary Club. He is Past Chair of the South Carolina Human Service Providers Association and Past Chair of the Legislative Committee. He has served on Lander University’s Board of Visitors.
“I have had the good fortune of working with a lot of great people and I have developed many lifelong relationships. I consider everyone at Burton Center my family and I am confident that this ministry will continue to grow and prosper in the future," stated Burton.
Jimmy and his wife, Linda, reside in Greenwood and have a son and three grandchildren. They are members of St. Mark United Methodist Church.
Burton Center for Disabilities and Special Needs is an innovative community-based program, which started in 1971 to serve people with special needs. Today, Burton Center provides services for 1,200 people with disabilities, which includes autism, intellectual disabilities, head injuries, spinal cord injuries and related disabilities in Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Lexington, Saluda, and McCormick counties and employs over 400 staff members.