Senior Associate Athletic Director Bob Burton enters his 16th season with the Nebraska athletic department, since joining NU's executive team in 1998.
Burton reports to the Director of Athletics and serves on Nebraska's senior management team. He assists in NU's financial and facilities master plans, providing supervision to the Athletic Business Office, Concessions, Capital Planning and Construction and Information Technology/Computing Service areas. He also oversees complimentary ticket and gift-in-kind approvals and reconciliation.
Burton, who serves on the Big Ten Sports Management Council, is the Athletic Department's contract administrator, including all game/event agreements, and serves as the department's liaison to the NU General Counsel Office. He also plays a major role in NU's risk management program, while overseeing the operations of Nebraska's camps and clinics.
Burton acts as the department's liaison to Haymarket Park. Working with the Lincoln Saltdogs, he helps set the budget for field and stadium operation costs and create strategic plans for the facility.
Burton is Nebraska's sport administrator for wrestling, men's and women's track and field and cross country and bowling.
Burton joined the athletic department in 1998 as an associate athletic director for compliance/sports administration. He served in that role until 2007, ensuring that the conduct and operations of Nebraska's athletic teams were in compliance with NCAA, Big 12 and institutional rules and regulations. He also performed as the primary sports administrator for many of Nebraska's teams.
Burton filled a similar position at Oklahoma State as the assistant athletic director for sports administration and compliance from 1993 to 1997. He oversaw OSU’s Olympic sports programs as well as the training and strength and conditioning, wrestling, men’s and women’s track and field and men’s and women’s tennis programs.
Burton came to Nebraska from Texas Tech, where he served as an associate athletic director for compliance for one year. While at Texas Tech, Burton helped complete the NCAA investigation into the Red Raider athletic department and analyzed the entire compliance system at the institution. He also helped identify and implement financial aid and eligibility systems, including changes in personnel and restructuring of the compliance department.
Burton, who was a member of the NCAA Division I women’s soccer committee for three years and was a member of the NCAA Division I bowling committee, served as a legislative administrator for the NCAA from 1989 to 1993. At the NCAA, he was involved in the development of legislation, interpretation of regulations and reviewed legal issues related to the application of the association’s regulations. He served as an NCAA liaison to committees and conducted comprehensive education to several intercollegiate athletic conferences. He has served on the National Association of Athletic Compliance Coordinators Executive Committee and the subcommittee of Big 12 Directors of Compliance.
He received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Nebraska in 1985 and his juris doctorate from the Nebraska College of Law in 1989. A native of Falls City, Neb., Burton and his wife, Krista, have a daughter, Elly, and sons Robert Falk, McClain John and Abram Lawslo.