Juris Doctor, Valparaiso University
Bachelor of Arts, University of Notre Dame  

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Mike Burton

Mike Burton, JD - Dean

Forbes School of Business®


"I believe that Ashford has only just begun to tap into the possibilities that exist for shared learning opportunities between a traditional campus and online education."

Mike Burton is currently the Dean of the Forbes School of Business at Ashford University. He received a BA from the University of Notre Dame and a Juris Doctor (JD) from Valparaiso University. Prior to coming to Ashford, he practiced law for several years and then worked in the business sector. He then began working at Ashford as an Assistant Professor. His diverse professional and educational background enabled him to instruct a variety of courses, but his primary areas of interest were in business law, sports and recreation management, and sales/marketing. Now, he is putting his business knowledge and long-time connection with Ashford to good use as Dean. His wife, Michelle, and their four children provide him with the inspiration to always strive to do his best as Dean and as a faculty member to provide Ashford business students with a quality learning experience.