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As a budget analyst in UD’s Budget Office, Sharmayne Burns worked with College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) personnel in Newark and became so curious about the Lewes side of the college that she toured the research ships, wind turbine, and global visualization lab with colleagues for the first time last winter.
Little did she know, she would eventually be joining the CEOE as assistant dean for finance and administration for operations in both locations.
“Everything I saw was just so interesting and unique,” she said. “I’m excited to be a part of a team that does such amazing things for the environment.”
Burns begins her new post on July 2, having worked in the Budget Office for two years and coordinated revenue distribution and financial projections for CEOE and several other units within the University.
“Sharmayne’s familiarity with the college and extensive financial and administrative experience make her uniquely equipped to help CEOE accomplish our goals,” Dean Nancy Targett said. “I am delighted to have her on board.”
A Delaware native, Burns moved to Ohio with her family when she was seven years old but returned to the First State to study business at UD. After graduating in 2001, she landed a job as a budget analyst at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. While working there full-time, she also carried a full-time course load by taking evening and online courses at the University of Baltimore and earned an MBA in finance.
Burns moved back to Delaware in 2004 with a position as a financial analyst at the Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children before transitioning to the corporate world as a senior financial analyst at JPMorgan Chase. There she realized that she missed working in a university setting.
“I always wanted to come back to the University of Delaware,” Burns said. “Being an alumna, working at the University reminds me of the great experience I had here as a student.”
As a budget analyst she was involved in building the annual budget utilizing the University’s new revenue-based budgeting system, distributing revenue to colleges, working with colleges and administrative units in managing their budgets, creating reports on trending, and providing budget guidelines. In joining CEOE, she looks forward to working closely with one college and having a more direct connection with the students that the University serves.
The detail-oriented Burns entered the field of finance with an inclination for mathematical accuracy and enjoys turning thousands of rows of data in Excel into meaningful information that people can make decisions from, whether to hire new faculty, start a program, or accomplish a better educational experience for students.
“I feel like people here are really passionate about the work they do,” she said. “Knowing that you are able to manage the budget so they are able to do the things they want to do – that’s satisfying for me.”
Article by Teresa Messmore