Bronté  Burleigh-Jones

HERS Director Emerit

Wellesley WHLI 2009

Chief Financial Officer, Vice President and Treasurer, American University
Washington, D.C.

“HERS is about opportunity, it’s about bold leadership. The HERS difference is all about the opportunity to be challenged, inspired, and supported by women leaders who know firsthand what’s required to navigate the academy. It’s about the opportunity to become a gamechanger yourself.”

Bronté Burleigh-Jones is the CFO, Vice President and Treasurer at American University. Burleigh-Jones is a frequent presenter on a variety of topics, including finance, accreditation, communication, leadership and diversity at the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), American Council of Education (ACE) and Association of Governing Boards (AGB) conferences. She often is called upon to be a presenter for the NACUBO Fellows Program, as well as a contributing author for their Business Officer magazine. In 2017, she received the organization’s Professional Development Award for her extensive volunteer service to the association’s professional development activities and publications programs.Burleigh-Jones has more than 30 years of experience in financial and facilities management in higher education. She previously served as the vice president for finance and administration at Dickinson College where she oversaw all areas of finance and campus operations. Before joining Dickinson in 2013, she served as treasurer of St. John’s College, and vice president for administration and finance and dean of enrollment management at Huston-Tillotson University. Prior to her roles in higher education, she served as senior project manager at the Texas State Auditor’s Office and Assistant Controller at the National Headquarters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.Burleigh-Jones is the immediate past board chair and former treasurer for the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Institute for Women in Higher Education and a former Middle States Accreditation Commissioner. She currently serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Subscriber’s Advisory Board for United Educators and member of the Tuition Exchange Board of Directors.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and an MBA from American University and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Texas, Austin. She is a graduate of the Harvard Institute for Higher Education and the HERS Institute at Wellesley College.