|Address||5417 Newington Highway |
Sylvania, Georgia 30467, United States
|| November 08, 1948
Mar 07, 2021 03:28pm
Married - Southern Baptist -
|Info||Ex-Screven County Commission Chair, College Professor & Army Veteran |
Farmer, Senior Fulbright Scholar, Educator, Regional Business Leader
O. Maxie Burns is a professor of Information Systems at Georgia Southern University�s College of Business Administration in Statesboro. Max was born in Millen, Georgia in Jenkins County. He grew up and graduated from high school in rural Screven County, where he continues to live and work on his family�s beef and timber farm.
Max married his wife of thirty years, Lora Dean Black in 1972. They have two sons: Andrew, 25, and Nathan, 21. He is an active member of Jackson Baptist Church in Sylvania, where he has served as Deacon for over fifteen years. Committed to Georgia�s youth, Max has been a high school football referee for over 20 years and a youth athletic coach for 10 years. He also assisted Pineland Mental Health in developing a work-return program to aid disabled individuals.
Max was elected to the Screven County Commission in 1993 and served until 1998; he acted as Chairman in his 1997-1998 term. He served on the CSRA Regional Development Center and is the former Chairman of the Georgia Department of Industry, Trade, and Tourism Region 1 Advisory Council, which covers most of the counties in the district.
Max is an effective and proven leader. During his time as an elected official to the Screven County Commission, Screven County developed a comprehensive road improvement program, opened a new senior citizens� center, initiated a new adult and technical education center, built a new athletic complex, developed a modernized plan for the county law enforcement complex, and implemented a comprehensive land-usage plan. He currently serves on the boards of the Screven County Livestock Association, the Community Christian School Board, and the Georgia Limousin Association.
Max received a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering degree from Georgia Tech in 1973, while working to self-finance his education. Max was the Distinguished Military Graduate of the Class of 1973. Upon graduation, Max served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves. Max was awarded a Masters in Business Information Systems from Georgia State University in 1977, and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Georgia State University in 1987. Max continued to work full-time, while studying for both of his advanced degrees, serving in information management positions with Oxford Industries and the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Max was a Senior Fulbright Scholar, teaching Corporate Information Management in Sweden in 1993. He also taught in Australia, New Zealand, and Korea. He was a consultant to Gulfstream Aerospace and Grinnell Corporation. He also recently developed the Southern Suppliers� Network to connect Southeast Georgia�s small business suppliers to major manufacturers.