February 19, 2010 - As a banker, Bryan Burrow knows the importance of return on investment for his clients and his employer. He also applies the principles of investing when it comes to community volunteerism, actively lending his talents to organizations that improve the local quality of life.
For his investments and leadership in support of California State University, Bakersfield, Burrow has been named the 2009-10 CSUB alumnus of the year.
"We had an incredible pool of candidates and I am so proud of all the contributions CSUB alumni are making locally and far beyond," said Adam Hopkins, Alumni Association board member and chair of the search committee. "We're pleased to honor Bryan this year. He is a walking, talking billboard for alumni, the university and the community. It is evident that CSUB has had a significant impact on his life and he's sharing that in everything he does."
Burrow moved to Bakersfield in 1997 and earned a master's in business administration from CSUB in 2000. He also holds a bachelor's degree from Abilene Christian University in Texas. Since 2005, Burrow has served as the vice president and senior client manager for Bank of America.
Named as one of 10 "People to Watch" by Bakersfield Life Magazine, Burrow's community efforts are extensive. He is a past president of the CSUB Alumni Association and continues to serve actively on the board. He is a member of the CSUB Council of 100 and vice chair of the CSUB President's Advisory Council. Beyond CSUB, Burrow's involvement in the community includes the Leadership Bakersfield advisory council, Kern Agricultural Foundation board of directors, Bakersfield Adventure for the Mind, and Westside Church of Christ.
"It's an honor to be recognized by CSUB," Burrow said. "The university has positioned itself as a cornerstone in Kern County which is why it is a big part of my community involvement. A community with a higher level of education is a community with better jobs and, as a result, a higher quality of life. I proud to be among those who support CSUB."
Burrow and his wife, Kayla, have two young children who they hope will one day be Roadrunners.
Burrow will be recognized as alumnus of the year on Saturday, Feb. 27 when the CSUB Alumni Association inducts its fourth class into the CSUB Alumni Hall of Fame at the Petroleum Club. The sold out event will honor Jim Bock, Irma Carson, Sheryl Chalupa, and Jeff Green as the newest members of the CSUB Alumni Hall of Fame.
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