Burton Makes a Gift of
$2.5 Million for Football Complex
Robert G. Burton, the president and chief executive officer of Moore Corp. Ltd. of Stamford, Conn., a business communications firm, has announced a contribution of $2.5 million to the University of Connecticut. His gift will be used to build the Burton Family Football Complex on the Storrs campus.
A naming ceremony for the Burton Family Football Complex was held May 7 at UConn.
The complex will be the on-campus home of UConn football. It will house coaches' offices, team meeting rooms, locker rooms, and other football-related facilities.
The Huskies will play out the season in Memorial Stadium. Then, after the last home game Nov. 9, the stadium will be demolished and construction of the new complex will begin.
Burton has already established the Robert G. Burton Endowed Scholarship Fund at UConn, which is awarded to a student-athlete in the School of Business, and the Michael G. Burton Scholarship Fund, which is named for his son - a captain of the 1999 Husky football team - and is awarded to a football student-athlete in the School of Business.
Burton donated more than $1 million to establish these scholarships. Through the UConn 2000 matching gift program, the total value of the endowed scholarships was $1.5 million.
"I want to take this opportunity to thank Bob Burton and his family for making another significant contribution to the University of Connecticut athletic department," said Lew Perkins, director of athletics. "The Burton Family Football Complex will be an important part of our future as an NCAA Division I-A program. To succeed at this level, we need to be competitive in all areas, and this complex will clearly help us establish our program on a national scale.
"The legacy of the Burton family will be felt here at UConn for many years to come by our student-athletes," Perkins added.
Burton earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Murray State University, Ky., and a master of arts from Tennessee State University, and has completed post-graduate work toward his doctorate at the universities of Chicago and Alabama.
While at Murray State, Burton was captain of the football team and was named an All-American in his senior year. He was a 19th-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers in the 1962 National Football League draft and later signed a free agent contract with the Buffalo Bills.
"Had I not been the beneficiary of a football scholarship I never would have had the opportunity to attend college or go on to achieve what I have in life," said Burton. "The scholarship I received was the foundation on which my success in business is built.
"When I was given the opportunity to go to school, I made a promise to myself to try and return the opportunity, for other students who were in a similar situation. Over the years, I have lived up to that commitment several times over. I am humbled now to have the opportunity to make another investment in the University of Connecticut and its student-athletes. I only ask that in return for this contribution, the beneficiaries make a similar promise of giving back for future student-athletes.
"I sincerely hope that the Burton Family Football Complex will be a driving force in allowing the University to achieve the same levels of success on the football field that it long has enjoyed in the classroom," he added. "I feel very fortunate to be able to support an athletic program that
is known for winning on and off
Burton holds honorary doctorate degrees from Murray State and the University of Connecticut, and has been honored by various universities, states, and cities for his contributions to their academic, athletic, and
In the civic arena, Burton has served as Chairman of the American Business Press and the Magazine Publishers Association and is actively involved as a member of the board of the Eagle Hill School in Greenwich, Conn., which serves children with learning disabilities.
"The Burton Family Football Complex will play a crucial role as our program continues to make progress as a Division I-A program," said Randy Edsall, head football coach:
"Thanks to the generosity of Bob Burton and his family, the on-campus football facilities that we are planning for the University of Connecticut will be among the finest in the nation."