H David Burton

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H. David Burton has served as a Director of Avalon Health Care, Inc. since 2014. He is a Trustee of the University of Utah and in 2016 was appointed Chairman of that Board. He also served as Chairman of the Utah Transit Authority Board of Trustees. He is currently an emeritus General Authority of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having served 17 years as its Presiding Bishop from 1995 to 2012.

For many years, Mr. Burton has been instrumental in developing a more vibrant community for all as the LDS Church’s representative for community and civic matters relating to Salt Lake City. His significant projects include the Brigham Young Historic Park, City Creek Center, and the establishment of the TRAX light-rail system. City Creek Center earned accolades across the spectrum, hailed as “an outstanding example of visionary architectural achievement in sustainability and innovative design.” As a founding member of the Downtown Alliance, he has helped lead a downtown renaissance over the past several years. He also serves on the Executive Committee of Envision Utah and is a member of the State of Utah’s Intergenerational Poverty Committee. He is also a Board member of the University Hospital and on the Executive Committee of the Road Home.

He demonstrated remarkable leadership and vision in the design and construction of the Church’s Conference Center, the relocation of the LDS Business College and the establishment of the BYU-Salt Lake City Center. Prior to his leadership of the LDS Church, Mr. Burton served as an Assistant Budget Officer for the Church and Executive Secretary to the Church’s Presiding Bishopric. Earlier in his career, he worked for Kennecott Copper Corporation and the Utah State Tax Commission.

Mr. Burton is the recipient of honorary doctorates from the University of Utah and the Salt Lake Community College. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from University of Utah and a Master of Business Administration from University of Michigan.

Mr. Burton is married and has fivechildren, 21 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.