Curriculum Vitae

Academic Preparation Professional Experience Courses Taught

Publications Unpublished Works Honors & Awards

Professional Memberships & Activities Community Activities



LL.M. in Taxation, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, 1984;
J.D., University of Oklahoma School of Law, Norman, Oklahoma, 1982;
B.A., Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma, 1979.



July 1, 2007 - current Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Equal Opportunity and Compliance Officer, and Associate Professor, Cameron University School of Business
2000 – 2007 Dean, School of Business, Associate Professor, and Campus Equal Opportunity Officer, Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma
1995 - 2000 Assistant Provost and Assistant Professor, Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma
1988 - 2000 Private legal practice, Burgess & Burgess, Inc., Attorneys at Law, Lawton, Oklahoma (emphasis in business, corporate, partnership, banking, employment law, employee benefits, real estate, estate and tax law)
1984 – 1988 Meyers & Burgess, Partnership of Professional Corporations, Tax Attorney
1982 – 1984 O. Christopher Meyers, Inc., Legal Practice – Tax Attorney



Business: Employment Law, Tax Planning, Individual Income Tax, Business Law, Business Ethics, Business Communications,
Legal Issues in Human Resource Management, Case Studies in Small Business, Students in Free Enterprise
Criminal Justice: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Procedure



"Special Powers of Appointment: It's the Courts' Move," Vol. 34, No. 4. University of Oklahoma Law Review, Fall, 1981.
"Cafeteria Plans and Alternative Methods for Providing Nontaxable Benefits to Employees," Vol. 13, No.'s 6 & 7, Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal, June and July, 1985.
"Who's the Boss?," Vol. 62, No. 19 Oklahoma Bar Journal, May 11, 1991.
“Copyright: Ethical and Legal Implications in Academia,” V. Sivarama Krishnan and Sylvia Burgess; Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences, Fall 1997.
Co-Editor, PRIVACY IN THE 21ST CENTURY, An Annual Review and Compendium for Higher Education Leaders, published by the Council on Law in Higher Education, 2004.



International Entrepreneurship: Research, Service, Support, & Teaching, USASBE Workshop 2007 (Presentation) (Carraher, Van Auken, Burgess)
Recovering from Victory: How to Start a Winning SIFE Team and Keep It Going, USASBE Workshop 2007 (Paper/Presentation) (Clinton, Welsh, Burgess, Taylor)
DreamDeans: What Deans Can Do (and Not Do) to Help Entrepreneurship Education and Research, USASBE Symposium 2006 (Presentation) (Carraher, Burgess, Weaver, Schoen, Banks, Welsh, McCann)
Cameron University Leaders and Entrepreneurs (C.U.L.E.) Camp Makes Leadership and Entrepreneurship Education Cool, USASBE Symposium 2006 (Paper/Presentation) (Clinton, Burgess)
“Amending the Equal Pay Act: Challenges to Prima Faciality,” Refereed presentation, Oxford Round Table, Oxford, England, March 2005.



Note Editor and Tax Law Editorial Advisor, Oklahoma Law Review (1982-1983)
Don M. Smart Graduate Research Prize, Southern Methodist University, 1984.
Honor Societies: Phi Kappa Phi (Cameron University Chapter, Distinguished Alumnus Award 1991); Phi Delta Phi (University of Oklahoma College of Law Chapter, 1985)
Outstanding Alumnus Award, 1988-89, Cameron University Department of Communications
Distinguished Administrator Award, Southwest Academy of Management, 2005, 2006
Distinguished Administrator Award, United States Association of Small Business & Entrepreneurship, 2006



Southwestern Business Deans Association, 2001 – present
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, Small Schools Network, 2000 – present
Oklahoma Association for Affirmative Action, 2005 - present
Academy of Legal Studies in Business, 2004 - present
United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, 2005 - present
Distinguished Administrator Award, 2005, 2006 2007; Division Chair, Corporate Entrepreneurship, 2007 Annual Conference, Orlando Florida
Southwest Academy of Management, 2005 – present
Small Business Institute, 2004 – present
International Council for Small Business, 2005 - present
Oklahoma Women in Higher Education, 2004 – present
National Association of College and University Attorneys, 1995 – present.
Phi Kappa Phi, National Honor Society – Lifetime member; President, Chi Eta Sigma Chapter, 2003-2004
National Investment Board for Phi Kappa Phi Endowments, 2000 - current; Chair, 2004 - 2007
Council on Law in Higher Education, 1995 - current
Oxford Round Table, Oxford University, England, 2004 - current
Lecturer, Oxford Round Table, March 2005, “Amend the Equal Pay Act”
Appellate Judge, Lawyer Staffed Panel, Court of Appeals, State of Oklahoma, Division No. LXXXIII, March 9, 1993 - 1996.
American Bar Association, 1982 – present (Member Sections on Taxation, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law).
Oklahoma Bar Association, 1982 – present (Member Section on Taxation - Section Chairman 1991; Vice-Chairman 1990; Secretary 1989; Treasurer 1987; Member Section on Estate Planning). (Note: served as the first woman to chair the Oklahoma Bar Association Section on Taxation).
Comanche County Bar Association, 1982 - present (President 1992; Vice-President 1991; Secretary Treasurer 1990). Note: Served as the first woman president of the Comanche County Bar Association).
Fellow, Oklahoma Bar Foundation, 1982-present



Oklahoma Academy of State Goals, Board of Directors, 2005-current; Planning Strategically Committee, 2005 - current
BancFirst Community Business Development Board, 1998-current.
Southwest Oklahoma Medical Education Foundation-Founding director, secretary and board member, 1988-current
Lawton Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. Board of Directors, 1995-1998; 2000-current; Chairman of the Board, 2007-2008; Vice Chair for Membership Services, 2006-2007; Secretary Treasurer, 2005-2006; Chairman, Education Committee, 1995-1997; Tourism Task Force, 2004 – 2005
Downtown Lawton Redevelopment - Phase 1A Task Force, 2005 - current
City of Lawton, Education Subcommittee, 2007
United Way Leadership Giving Committee, 2005 - current; Chair, 2005-2006
Lawton Airport Authority Master Plan Task Force, current


United Way of Lawton-Ft. Sill, Steering Committee for Community Needs Assessment, 2004-2005
Member, Democratic Party Platform Committee, 1992
Teen Court of Lawton-Ft. Sill, Founding Director and Vice Chair
Oklahoma Basic Health Benefits Board
Oklahoma Employee Benefits Council
Comanche County Law Library Board
Museum of the Great Plains, Board of Directors
Family Information Network on Disabilities, Board of Directors
Junior League of Lawton-Ft. Sill, President
Marie Detty Youth and Family Services, Inc., Board of Directors
Salvation Army, Board of Directors
Oklahoma Women’s Foundation, Advisory Board Member, 2004 - 2006


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