Elected 1979; Life Trustee 1999
Until his retirement, Mr. Burnett was President, CEO, and Board Chair of the Meredith Corporation, a publishing and media firm headquartered in Des Moines. Mr. Burnett has served on the board of directors of several American corporations. In addition, he has participated in major civic, philanthropic, educational, and cultural activities as a board member or officer for organizations such as The Edmundson Art Foundation, Des Moines Art Center, Business-Higher Education Forum, Business Enterprise Trust, and the American Council on Education. He also served as a board member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. His service to Grinnell has included terms as Chair of the Board of Trustees.