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Rev. Dr. Burkette Receives Comenius Award

The Reverend Dr. D. Wayne Burkette, former Head of School for Salem Academy, received the John Amos Comenius Award of Distinction during ceremonies held as part of the annual Founders Day celebration on April 17 at Salem Academy and College. The Comenius Award is the highest award given by Salem...

The Reverend Dr. D. Wayne Burkette, former Head of School for Salem Academy, received the John Amos Comenius Award of Distinction during ceremonies held as part of the annual Founder’s Day celebration on April 17 at Salem Academy and College.

The Comenius Award is the highest award given by Salem to a non alumna, and is named for John Amos Comenius, an early Moravian bishop and advocate of universal education. The award, last made by Salem in 2004, is given to individuals who meet one or more of these criteria: longstanding service to Salem; exceptional professional and/or artistic achievement; significant leadership in public affairs; outstanding community service; or distinguished scholarly achievement. The selection is made by a committee consisting of the Board of Trustees chair, the presidents of the Academy and the College alumnae associations; two trustees; a former award recipient; and the president of the combined institution.

Burkette has excelled in all five categories. He received his bachelor’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar; his M.Div. and D.D. degrees from Moravian Theological Seminary; and his D.Min. from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA.

Burkette is currently the president of the Provincial Elders Conference (PEC) of the Moravian Church in America, Southern Province. Before that, he was Head of School at Salem Academy from 1994-2006. He has held past positions with Salem Academy and College, including vice president, 1997-2006; chaplain and chief planning officer, 1992-1994; and chaplain, 1990-1992. He has served as a member of the Salem Academy and College Board of Trustees and Board of Visitors.

Burkette has held several area pastorates, including those at Fairview Moravian Church, Home Moravian Church and Olivet Moravian Church.

He has served on a number of boards, including the Moravian Theological Seminary, the Board of World Missions, the NC Association of Independent Schools (president, 2003-05) and the Morehead Scholarship Selection Committee.

He is married to Nancy Witherspoon Burkette and they reside in Pfafftown, NC. They have two daughters, both of whom graduated from Salem College: Allison Burkette-Tschumper  C’93 and Amanda Burkette Grimstead C’97.