Chester “Chet” Burton
Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (775) 784-4901
Chester “Chet” Burton was appointed by Chancellor Thom Reilly to serve as NSHE’s chief financial officer in August 2017. He oversees a variety of functions in the areas of fiscal policy, budgeting and financial reporting, as well as the day-to-day operations of the NSHE Risk Management office, Banking and Investment office, and Internal Audit. In addition, Burton assists the office of the vice chancellor for technology with information technology in such areas as the iNtegrate project, shared services, and the implementation of WorkDay. Prior to this appointment, Burton had served as president of Western Nevada College (WNC) in Carson City, Nevada since fall 2013. He previously worked at WNC as the controller and fiscal director, as well as vice president of finance and administration.
Before joining WNC in 2009, Burton worked in the corporate sector, in a variety of roles, including controller and director of finance at International Game Technology (IGT), headquartered in Reno, Nevada. He also served 20 years as a supply officer in the U.S. Navy, including stints at the Pentagon and as a legislative liaison at Capitol Hill.
Burton has a bachelor’s degree in history and business marketing from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and an MBA with an emphasis in finance and accounting from the University of Virginia, Darden Graduate Business School.